The movie provoked emotions from me, from the beginning to the end. Maybe I'm a sap for a foster mom because my mom was a social worker but at the end of the day, it was the first movie someone bothered to make on a blockbuster level that addressed what happened during the LA riots and I really appreciated that. Well done! It captured facts and utilized some fiction to create a sense of connection with the audience. I felt incensed, sad, empathetic. It's an excellent epic.
Great movie (by suethebarbet)
This was a great movie about a living mom struggling through hard tines in South Central during the worst of times. The cast was fantastic and plot amazing! I loved it and am sad to see that others haven't thought the same.
Underrated piece of cinema, receiving flak from viewers with political expectations (by charleshowler)
That very first scene gave me the chills! Something very few movies I've seen can accomplish - and I watch several movies a day as a Content Previewer for work. This movie is incredibly underrated, and I can see why critics have been bashing it. A lot of the people writing negative reviews go into this movie with expectations, specifically political expectations. People wanted to see an accurate depiction of the 1992 L.A riots, but were given something different. You have a view this film a cinematic piece as opposed to pro black lives matter sympathetic film or whatever political agenda <more>
people might assume this film is trying to push.The first scene in this title gave me a shiver down my spine. The combination of cinematography, directing and the acting had the perfect chemistry. You could tell that the director really wanted to capture the most finer details, encapsulating human emotion from traumatic experiences. The character development was a slow burn, but burned right. It was a very unpredictable film hence why you should go see it with no expectations. I've personally never heard of this director before, or the writer. So this is completely an unbiased perspective of this fine film.I definitely recommend seeing it.
Very impressed by the young man in the main role he deffinetly has a future
Polarizing, obviously, but I thought it was very well done, and entertaining as well (by DrtyBlvd)
Others will tell you the story of the story; I'll just tell you that it had me within 20 minutes - from the love that shines from the very first morning children wake-up scene to the ending face of horror. I had no awareness of what I was watching - no pre conceptions - and yes, there is an element of 'European' to the story line - it doesn't connect all the dots for you, it doesn't try to guide you anywhere for anything - it just presents its' self to you and it is, in my opinion, left to you to make of it what-you-will - super-critically, that might have been done a <more>
little better, or smoother, perhaps overall - but it doesn't detract as the topic is fractured to start with. This is one of those films that *actually* causes a response in you - the constant background build-up of children stress and noise makes you realize you're holding your breath waiting for the moment to pass - if you can separate the experience from reality, you're a far more disconnected person than i - and that is part of the realisation that you're watching something interesting. The facet of the riots and the actual footage and trial coverage is well done and balanced - it's always on in the background of peoples rooms - saying the same thing, over and over; but it's not the reason for the film nor the focus; this is not a political shinty-stick norm really, an attempt at morale crusading - it's a slice of life at a particular time, and involving disparate characters that are all in the same chapter of the event - the ending was perfectly timed; where else could it go? Just on, and on, and on? - it has to stop somewhere, just not at the station that says 'Here is a nice and neat all tied-up with string and a bow ribbon ending' I like that, because it's true. Not a studio led must-have happy ending. I was captivated by Halle - Daniel Craig's character barely got away with its' self and could have had a touch more to it which would have helped with understandings and sympathies greatly; but it's OK without - it's the film that is the story here, not the lead characters.The three youngsters were brilliant and will, I am sure, go far, if they haven't already - both new to me - the dissident young lady and Halle's eldest child and self described "friend"; whose future was an under current from the get-go. Watch this with no expectations and judge it accordingly. If you choose to criticise any film for what it doesn't do, then you must self-question what it was you thought its objective was. This film is entertainment, and observation, from a certain vantage. It doesn't try to be anything more than it is - and the sum of its parts are worthy of a 7 without question.