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They Cloned Tyrone Review: A Genre Defying Thriller


They Cloned Tyrone review: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ : They Cloned Tyrone is quite possibly the most innovative film of the year. The Netflix original movie takes what you could expect from a sci-fi genre film and roots it in the Black experience in America for a movie that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Check out this They Cloned Tyrone review to find out why this movie needs to be on your watch list. 

Warning: This They Cloned Tyrone review is completely spoiler-free. 

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They Cloned Tyrone Is The Newest Netflix Original

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The story of this new movie sees a predominantly Black neighborhood and focuses on the lives of a few of the characters that populate it. The movie begins with Fontaine (John Boyega), a low-level independent drug dealer who goes around collecting his debts. Fontaine has the community wired, even employing a little pre-teen boy as his local snitch. After pissing off another local dealer, Fontaine goes to collect from the neighborhood pimp, Slick Charles (Jamie Foxx). Passing Charles’ employee, a lady of the night, Yo-Yo (Teyonah Parris) Fontaine and Charles get into it.

Afterward, an unexpected event throws the lives of these three characters into complete turmoil. These unlikely friends, peers, or colleagues, embark on a journey where they make startling discoveries about the neighborhood they live in and the part they play in the process. It’s a story that no one can predict as you see it unfold, and the turns and twists are completely fresh and original. This They Cloned Tyrone review is all about the originality behind this story and how it elevates this movie from just another usual sci-fi thriller. 

They Cloned Tyrone Review Is Completely Spoiler-Free

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Now, hearing characters who are pimps, drug dealers and prostitutes may make audiences wonder what time period the movie is set in. But that’s the genius behind the story of They Cloned Tyrone. It’s anachronistic in the best ways, and even that concept happens for a reason. Every aspect of the story is embedded within the film, from the first frame to the last. 

Writer/director Joel Taylor is so intentional with every scene and every shot that it’s been a long time since we’ve had a thriller with this many twists and turns that is truly able to shock and awe an audience. It’s hard to believe that this is Taylor’s first feature directorial film. Which makes it so much more impressive. 

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The Story Is Unique Steeped In The Black Experience

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One of the coolest things about this They Cloned Tyrone review is how the entire premise of the movie is rooted in urban myths and real-life conspiracy theories about the African-American experience in America. Dealing with elements of crime, drugs, gangs, and the historic racial inequality in American culture. It’s incredible how Taylor and co-writer Tony Rettenmaier take those ideas and create a cohesive story that is moving, compelling, original, and just one of the best movies of the year. 

They Cloned Tyrone has a lot of heart as well. The chemistry between the three leads is palpable. There is so much humor in this and just some jaw-dropping twists making it a constant thrill ride. The writing pulls you in and the execution keeps you dialed in. 

Verdict- They Cloned Tyrone Has Some Great Performances

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John Boyega proves once again how lucky the Star Wars franchise got when they cast him. Outside of that, Boyega has shown time and time again his powerhouse acting abilities. And it’s not different here in They Cloned Tyrone. Boyega gives a layered performance that is serious, somber, and heartbreaking at times. Foxx supports him with a character tailor-made for him, and he makes the most out of it too. And anyone who thinks Teyonah Parris’ claim to fame is WandaVision and the MCU, needs to watch They Cloned Tyrone

Overall, this is a great movie. While all complaints about the Netflix original movie slate being too generic and disappointing are absolutely valid, the streamer needs more films like this. They Cloned Tyrone is a wonderful experience of a movie with a completely original story, told with style and flair, with performances that blow the roof off. It’s a must-watch movie of 2023. 

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They Cloned Tyrone is now streaming on Netflix. 

What did you think of this new Netflix original? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter (X) at @theshahshahid

Rating: 4/5 stars

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