Ice Cube has dug himself in a safe zone with his collaborating rap efforts of N.W.A., Westside Connection, and even his solo projects. For this, I bare nary foul feelings for the man; the legend. After his comedic enterprises flourished with the subsequent hit release of Friday, Cube Vision formed with the motive of creating Ice Cube starred comedies and such which spawned 3 Friday sequels and other black cultured comedies revolving around barbershop hi-jinx that bored white audiences around the world. With the eventual release of All About the Benjamins, the probable theory of "big" action stars was born. I say this because after watching a chunky Negro run around the set of XXX: State of the Union, I can swear that the action genre has never been the same.
Ice Cube's film credits have always had an edgy racial context to them. Despite he himself being an inspiration to many black people, he creates films showing black people as disgusting citizens who shit constantly while twitching and cooking meals out of "fried chikin" and collared greens. All About the Benjamins strays from normal African stereotypes and focuses on greed in many forms. A self-gaining sort and an oblivious form. In this film, Ice Cube's searching for diamonds to produce his own P.I. firm while Mike Epps is attempting to recover his $60 million dollar winning lottery ticket to which he shouts daydreams of spending it all on "bling". The idea itself is insulting to the current state of our economy. This wasn't as bad of an idea as the creation of Confessions of a Shopaholic.
The action sequences are decently shot and don't suffer too much from jump-cuts and obnoxious editing techniques. Just when the getting is good, Mike Epps saves the day by bumbling around, dropping weapons in water and just generally fucking everything up. The final product is highly entertaining but irritating in seasoned retrospect. It seems that Ice Cube has a habit with pairing up with the most annoying actors in existence, a stooge if you will, as if to make himself look cool by comparison; but hey, it works wonders for his large ego. All About the Benjamins is a bit of a blunder baring subversive sociological elements but in the end makes the project contrived, nevertheless amusing on a high level. In a way, Soiled Sinema is all about the Benjamin's.