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2 Academy Award Winners Be Damned, 50 Cent Ruins Movies: Trailer For 'Freelancers' With Robert De Niro & Forest Whitaker

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 1, 2012 at 6:07PM

50 Cent is a financial titan. The rapper has expanded his brand into sneakers, books, body spray, condoms, vitamin water, energy drinks and, of course, film production via his Cheetah Vision production company. And that's what we're here to talk about. You see, while 50 Cent likes to make money -- lots of it -- that doesn't necessarily mean he cares about the quality of product he puts out there. And so, it's hardly a shock that his steps into the film production world have resulted in movies that pretty much go straight-to-DVD. We're talking about his cancer drama "All Things Fall Apart" or the thriller "Setup" with Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe. And now his latest attempt at moviemaking, "Freelancers," seems headed for the same fate, and this time it will bring down two Academy Award winners with it.
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Freelancers Robert De Niro 50 Cent

50 Cent is a financial titan. The rapper has expanded his brand into sneakers, books, body spray, condoms, vitamin water, energy drinks and, of course, film production via his Cheetah Vision production company. And that's what we're here to talk about. You see, while 50 Cent likes to make money -- lots of it -- that doesn't necessarily mean he cares about the quality of product he puts out there. And so, it's hardly a shock that his steps into the film production world have resulted in movies that pretty much go straight-to-DVD. We're talking about his cancer drama "All Things Fall Apart" or the thriller "Setup" with Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe. And now his latest attempt at moviemaking, "Freelancers," seems headed for the same fate, and this time it will bring down two Academy Award winners with it.

The project was first announced last spring, and then we forgot about it, but not only has it been made, a trailer has hit the interwebs. And shocker -- it looks fucking atrocious. Starring Robert De Niro and Forest Whitaker, and FROM A PRODUCER (lol) of "Street Kings," "16 Blocks" and "Righteous Kill" (we guess Bobby and Fiddy got along), the story follows the son of a slain NYC cop (Mr. Cent) who is taken under the wing of Captain Vic Sarcone (De Niro), his Dad's former partner, eventually becoming part of his rogue street crime task force. But oh shit, looks like his partner Whitaker is a coke-snorting, stripper-banging nogoodnik! What will Fifty Cents do!?!?!!?

Looking like it was made over the weekend with a knock-off version of Canon 5D, with a budget of about $50, the movie looks unbelievably awful. And thus, the end of the trailer notes to look for it on DVD and Blu-ray. If it does get some kind of theatrical release, expect it to be very brief and rural (and we doubt that's gonna happen). Anyway, watch it below. Don't say we didn't warn you.

This article is related to: Freelancers, Film Trailers, Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker


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