Ten minutes in you’ll still be trying to figure out: is this movie black? Is it utopian? Is it confused? Is it trying to be race blind? Turns out it’s all of these things. And more.
Covers all the bases without being formulaic. Gritty and realistic but you never feel like it’s painting by numbers.
This bittersweet movie foreshadows current events and the discussion about policing in black neighborhoods.
Clumsy transitions mar an urban crime drama whose whole turns out to be far less than the sum of its parts.
The cinematography is noteworthy, the war footage engrossing, and with actual, original period clips from America’s turbulent 60s and 70s spliced in, the feel is authentic, if not plaintive.
It achieves nearly perfect pitch in its portrayal of LA area hood culture…