Movie Review – Blindspotting

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Blindspotting – It is a rare thing for me to use the term “brilliant” when describing a movie. That is a term which is bandied about too easily, but Blindspotting is a film in which the word is appropriate. That does not necessarily mean it’s the BEST film of the year, but it certainly means it is one of the most intelligent, creative and powerful features you are likely to come across in cinema for 2018. Collin (Daveed Diggs) is an ex-con who is trying to finish out the last of his probation. Living in a court mandated halfway house, he has three days left until he is clear and is doing all that he can to stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, his friend and co-worker Miles (Rafael Casal) is not helping matters. Miles is a Caucasian male who has adapted the urban lifestyle as his own and feels the need to prove that he belongs. That also means that he is almost constantly in trouble. Collin is an intelligent black man who is relatively soft spoken, trying to better himself, making amends with the girlfriend he’s on the outs with and attempting to play by the rules of society. To his chagrin, his friends still want to play with guns, drugs and other nasty habits. On the way home from work one night, Collin witnesses the shooting death of an unarmed black man fleeing a white police officer. Due to his circumstances, he feels powerless and can’t say a word about it. As a convicted felon, on probation and running late on his court-mandated curfew, he is in no position to report what he saw. However, under the surface he is seething and begins to be haunted by the incident. Further situations develop which put Collin more on edge, eventually culminating in a cathartic confrontation with the police officer who shot the man in the street. This is a deep film, but it is also very entertaining. Blindspotting features a superb hip hop soundtrack, clever production design, strong performances by a relatively unknown cast, suspense and even the occasional laugh out loud moment. It also brilliantly tackles issues such as race relations, identity politics, racial profiling, gun ownership and taking responsibility for one’s actions. This is top notch, bravura film-making and a film well worth your time.

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