By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
While I had hoped that screenwriter Preston A. Whitmore II
would have by now produced a follow-up to his terrific 2007 movie, “This Christmas,” I’m just as happy that he and director Jamal Hill
(“Brotherly Love”) have joined forces for “True to the Game 2,”
the gritty sequel to the 2017 hit film “True to the Game” which is adapted from Terri Woods’ 1999 book of the same name.
If you’re a fan of the first movie, you’ll like “True to the Game 2” even more. It feels like a bigger budget movie and the characters are richly developed.
“True to the Game 2” finds Gena Hollins (Erica Peeples, TV’s “All American”) still mourning the murder of her drug dealing lover Quadir (Columbus Short, TV’s “Scandal” and Upcoming “Scott Free”).
Now, Gena is looking to leave New York and Philly and make a clean start as a journalist. She gets a fantastic opportunity to write a feature story on a Cannabis guru for a prominent magazine in Los Angeles.
It doesn’t take Gena long to appreciate her change of scenery that includes a nice beachfront Airbnb and a per diem to boot.
It seems like everything is beginning to finally fall into place for Gena, but lurking from the shadows is Jerrell (Andra Fuller, TV’s “The Have and the Have Nots”) who has followed her to LA because he wants the money that he thinks Quadir (Short) left her.
His plan is to woo Gena and find out what she’s done with all that cash. Gena plays hard to get at first during their meet cute at a convenience store, but unknowingly falls for his game.
What Jerrell doesn’t realize is that he’s about to get played and so is his partner Saleem (Jeremy Meeks, “Hot Felon”) who is back in Philly trying to locate the women, Shoog (Vivica A. Fox, TV’s “Empire”) Bre-Z (TV’s “All-American”) and Bria (Iyana Halley, “Dutch”) who stole Jerrell’s drug shipment.
“True to the Game 2” piles on the action and even throws a curve in the mix which makes for a surprising and thrilling ending.
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Check Out This Trailer For "TRUE TO THE GAME"
Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) and nominating committee member for the NAACP Image Awards.