THEY CLONED TYRONE on Netflix is a new action, comedy, sci-fi, mystery genre-mix starring John Boyega and Jamie Foxx. It looks and feels like a take on blaxploitation, but it takes place in present time. Read our full They Cloned Tyrone movie review here!
THEY CLONED TYRONE is a new Netflix movie that spans many genres. These genres include sci-fi, action, comedy, thriller, and mystery. A fascinating genre mix that also includes a very particular visual style. Well, not just visual, but also in terms of dialogue, which is whip-smart and extremely fast-paced.
John Boyega plays the lead role with Jamie Foxx and Teyonah Parris as the two most important supporting characters. It’s a real mindf*ck at times, but it’s also just a fascinating story and a very entertaining movie.
Continue reading our They Cloned Tyrone movie review below. Find it on Netflix from July 21, 2023.
Blaxploitation meets conspiracy meets the real world
It’s a wild experience to watch a movie that looks, feels, and sounds like a blaxploitation movie of decades past, yet still feel that the story is very contemporary and not all that far out there. I mean, sure, we’re talking about cloning and wild conspiracies, but I still couldn’t help but think that surely this is the wet dream of far too many people.
Jamie Foxx is perfect as the self-proclaimed super pimp, Slick Charles, with Teyonah Parris as one of his girls, Yo-Yo. In fact, the whole blaxploitation vibe is obviously an homage when a strangely profet-like bum sees Yo-Yo (Teyonah Parris) and immediately refers to her as Foxy Brown.
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While Jamie Foxx (God Is a Bullet) and Teyonah Parris (Candyman) are amazing in their respective roles, the all-important lead role as Fontaine shows John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) deliver yet another strong performance.
Fontaine is a stereotypical gangster, who utilizes the whole “quiet and brooding”-attitude perfectly, while also doing his best to keep younger kids away from his world of crime. As we follow this very unlikely trio of John Boyega, Jamie Foxx and Teriyah Parris, we also get to see how they discover a sick government conspiracy.
Fortunately, Yo-Yo is a huge fan of Nancy Drew and has read all the books of her solving mysteries, so she’s just the person to get to the bottom of everything. As part of the mystery-unraveling, we come across many other characters. They are portrayed by actors such as David Alan Grier, Kiefer Sutherland, Joshua Mikel, and J. Alphonse Nicholson.
Who’s Tyrone in They Cloned Tyrone?
When They Cloned Tyrone begins and you find out that John Boyega plays a character named Fontaine, you might feel a bit perplexed. It would seem a fair assumption that his name should be Tyrone as he is clearly shown as cloned in various PR material.
However, not to worry, you will find out who Tyrone is. Just not very early on in the new Netflix movie. In fact, you won’t learn who Tyrone is until the very end of They Cloned Tyrone. And, to be fair, it was both a d*ck move and a brilliant teaser.
Personally, I almost forgot to wonder about Tyrone as the story unfolded. That should tell you a little something about how the storyline of this Netflix genre-mix movie sinks its teeth into us viewers. It’s absolutely brilliant in surprising and wild ways.
Watch They Cloned Tyrone on Netflix
Juel Taylor is the director of They Cloned Tyrone which was both a different movie than I expected, and a much more entertaining one. With an official runtime of 2 hours and 2 minutes, it never becomes too slow or boring.
The screenplay comes from Tony Rettenmaier and Juel Taylor. The two also wrote on the screenplay for Shooting Stars which is about the life of LeBron James. Also, Juel Taylor co-wrote the screenplay for Creed II (2018) with Sylvester Stallone.
They Cloned Tyrone was released in select theaters on July 14, 2023. If you can watch it in a theater, I’m sure that would be an amazing experience. Otherwise, it’s still a very solid watch on Netflix.
They Cloned Tyrone is out on Netflix from July 21, 2023.
Director: Juel Taylor
Writers: Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor
Cast: John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, David Alan Grier, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Tamberla Perry, Eric Robinson Jr. with Kiefer Sutherland and Jamie Foxx
An eerie series of events leads an unlikely trio down a rabbit hole into a sinister neighborhood conspiracy.