Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome | Chicago Reader

Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome

Robert Patton-Spruill's overlong video documentary on the pioneering hip-hop act celebrates its accomplishments while casually ignoring the fact that it's grown increasingly irrelevant over the past 15 years. Public Enemy's music from the late 80s has aged well, but the video is dominated by less-than-thrilling concert footage of the group milking its past glories at the 2007 edition of South by Southwest. Patton-Spruill presents the group's propaganda without qualification; the expulsion of Professor Griff for making anti-Semitic remarks is completely omitted, and none of the talking-head interviewees (Beastie Boys, Talib Kweli, Henry Rollins, Run-DMC) can do anything but fawn. 108 min.

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