They Cloned Tyrone Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

Review of the movie

On July 21, the Netflix platform presented another Friday premiere — the fantastic comedy “They Cloned Tyrone.” In the review below, we will find out whether this film is able to brighten up a weekend evening and give us the positive emotions that all of us, Ukrainian viewers, need so much now.

“They Cloned Tyrone” / They Cloned Tyrone

Genre science fiction comedy
Directed by Jewel Taylor
Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jamie Foxx, John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, David Alan Greer
Netflix premiere
Release year 2023
IMDb site

An unshaven, gloomy drug dealer Fontaine lives in an African-American ghetto, goes to a swing and pushes cocaine to the local crowd. Somehow he discovers that the local pimp Charles, nicknamed “Sneaky”, owes him a certain amount of money for the goods.

Having visited the malicious debtor, Fontaine takes the cash and has already started the car to get away. But at that moment, competitors appear in the motel parking lot and shoot several bullets at the unlucky businessman.

Everything that happens next can be taken as spoilers, so we will only carefully note that the main characters will have to deal with a large-scale conspiracy related to human cloning.

Review of the movie

Before watching, They Cloned Tyrone looked like average Netflix nonsense with silly humor and a mediocre plot. But in fact, the film turned out to be a rather witty and inventive social satire with homages to 70s black exploitation and an interesting sci-fi concept.

The action is supported in a good way by absurdist humor, where even a chicken leg from a fast-moving vehicle is dangerous, and the main stars John Boyega, Teyonah Parris and Jamie Foxx literally shine in their roles (especially the last one). In addition, the narrative may be interesting to supporters of conspiracy theories.

It is worth noting that the factor when it is better to know as little as possible about this film before watching it will definitely play into your hand here. Even the trailer tells an awful lot, so we strongly recommend that you ignore it at all costs.

Review of the movie

The first half of the tape passes without any problems: watching the throwing of weak characters is exciting, and the build-up of intrigue only adds to the involvement of the story.

The plot begins to slip in the second part, after the steadfast Kiefer Sutherland appears in the frame, and the audience is finally given some answers to pressing questions. This is where one feels that the creative imagination of the authors has somewhat run out.

For screenwriter Jewel Taylor (Creed 2, the last “Space Jam”), “They Cloned Tyrone” was a directorial debut, and a very good one at that. Western critics were delighted with it (the freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes is impressive). The film has been called one of the year’s best and has been compared to Jordan Peele’s The Trap and Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You, although of course Taylor’s creation is closer to the latter in terms of narrative tone.

Review of the movie

Probably, some part of the positive reviews is based on the problematic nature of the picture. After all, this is another attempt to condemn racism, the ideas of white supremacism and, in general, the story that these problems have not gone anywhere in the modern USA (especially the recent Trump era).

But even if you ignore what Taylor and co-writer Tony Rottenmeier are trying to make fun of, They Cloned Tyrone is a good example of escapist cinema that turns out to be noticeably more serious than you might expect.

Although truly funny moments are also present: not every author is able to deliver a quality joke, relying on vulgarity, which is essentially not vulgar. At the same time, the creators offer a deliberately grainy picture and a whimsical retro aesthetic, thanks to which it is possible to achieve a more colorful setting.

In general, it turned out to be a nice mixture of genres, the crazy plot of which is best characterized by the anecdotal line of Sutherland’s character: “A pimp, a drug dealer and a prostitute walk into a bar…”.

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Pros: interesting sci-fi component, the film holds attention well in the first half, excellent interaction of the acting trio Boyega-Parris-Fox, appropriate retro-stylization Cons: a little long, some predictability, not all the answers are worth the expectations, the film is somewhat disappointing in the climax Conclusion:

“They Cloned Tyrone” does not reach such a generous status as the top film of the year. But it’s a good movie for a weekend night, which lacked a powerful final chord to make the viewer remember, at least for the next day, who the hell this Tyrone is

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