Sacred

"Sacred" is the story of a small-town couple torn apart by the bright lights of Hollywood. Pic from director Carl Seaton ("One Week") stars rapper Nas as a small-time music agent and Isaiah Washington as his high school friend and eventual competition. Nas' acting range is limited, but Kenny Thomas as the rapper's brother is superb.

With:
With: Nasir "Nas" Jones, Elise Neal, Isaiah Washington, Dan Martin, Chenoa Maxwell.

“Sacred” is the story of a small-town couple torn apart by the bright lights of Hollywood. Pic from director Carl Seaton (“One Week”) stars rapper Nas as a small-time music agent and Isaiah Washington as his high school friend and eventual competition. However, Nas’ acting range is limited and there is little spark between him and Elise Neal as his wife. Kenny Thomas as Nas’ brother is superb; pic’s best scene is when he confronts Nas over latter being “too busy” to visit their mother on her deathbed. Fueled by fans of the rapper, pic could make some noise on the indie circuit.

Isa (Nas) is a down-on-his luck music manager who moves with his loving wife, Gabrielle (Neal), from a small town to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune. A high school friend in the music agent business, Roland (Washington), ignores him, but Isa meets older exec Shep (Dan Martin), who gives him a chance, and he makes the most of it. However, the fast-rising Isa is seduced by the seedy side of Hollywood, as well as by an artist he manages (Chenoa Maxwell). His wife decides she’s had enough and leaves him, but with no support system in L.A., she turns to Roland and to drugs. Isa finally realizes what he has become, but it may be too little too late.

Sacred

Production: Produced by Nia Hill, D'Angela Steed, Taj Lewis, Luce Gordon. Executive producers, Alan Henderson, Nasir Jones. Directed by Carl Seaton. Screenplay, Nasir Jones, Luce Gordon.

Crew: Camera (color), John Demps; editors, Phil Lee, David Smith, Noriko Miyakawa. Reviewed at American Black Film Festival, Miami, June 30, 2002. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: With: Nasir "Nas" Jones, Elise Neal, Isaiah Washington, Dan Martin, Chenoa Maxwell.

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