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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   Michael Elliott

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Posted July 28 2013 - 09:31 AM

This Sundance favorite seemed to get a wider release over the weekend and I caught a matinee on Friday.  I'm not going to call this a great movie as I think there's a bit too much hype around it but it's certainly worth watching and still extremely good. 

 

I wasn't overly familiar with the actual case so this movie was introducing me to a lot of it.  As I've said countless times, I don't go to a movie expecting a documentary so I'm sure many things were changed up for a dramatic purpose.  Still, the story of a dead beat trying to go straight but having a head-scratching event with a cop and a gun made for some great drama.  The film is 100% depressing from the word go but director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordon do excellent work throughout.  The film really doesn't have a political or racial message beating you over the head, which was a good thing, although I do admit that I got quite nervous watching the film fearing something was going to happen as the crowd started to get pretty worked up at the end.

 

*** 1/2 (out of 4)



#2 of 6 ONLINE   TravisR

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Posted July 28 2013 - 11:47 AM

My only gripe with the movie is that it seems unbelievably coincidental that

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That gripe aside the movie is powerful and well acted. Michael B. Jordan (who even as a teen was amazing on The Wire) and Octavia Spencer are both excellent.



#3 of 6 OFFLINE   mattCR

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Posted July 28 2013 - 11:52 AM

Travis-

 

That bit, from court reports and news reports, is in fact true to how this happened.   So, I don't think they could change that.


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#4 of 6 ONLINE   TravisR

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Posted July 28 2013 - 11:55 AM

Then they made the right call to stick with reality. It is indeed a small and strange world. 

 

EDIT: Man, the randomness of that happening and the odds of that happening makes this story even sadder.


Edited by TravisR, July 28 2013 - 11:57 AM.


#5 of 6 OFFLINE   schan1269

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Posted July 28 2013 - 12:07 PM

As the saying goes...

 

"Sometimes the truth is stranger..."



#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Freddie Z

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Posted August 13 2013 - 08:48 AM

One of my favorite movies of the year. Powerful stuff.




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