From Academy Award winner Curtis Hanson (Director of L.A Confidential) 8 Mile is a provocative fictional examination of critical week in Jimmy’s life. Starring multi-platinum recording artist Eminem in his first leading role in a feature film.
The people of Detroit know 8 Mile is the city limit, a border, the dividing line between urban and suburban, between black and white. It is also a psychological dividing line that separates Jimmy Smith Jr. (Eminem) from where and who he wants to be.
Survival is key in the lower harsh depths of Detroit, and for many, including Jimmy, the life preserver is hip hop. In the absence of nurturing parents, Jimmy and his friends have created their own family. It’s this ‘crew’ that live on the hopes of getting that big deal.
The world of Detroit’s hip hop clubs is one that Eminem knows well “I remember, if I lost a battle, it would be like my entire world was crumbling.”
8 mile is a story about these boundaries that define our lives, and a young man’s struggle to find the strength and courage to transcend them.