Hot Take: An authentic, “ripped from the headlines” look at the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white cop and the ripple effect of its impact.
Debut filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green has done an excellent job with his first film Monsters and Men. Green manages to take a hot topic and apply various points of view to it giving us three different characters and their perspective on a routine police action gone wrong where a black man beloved in his community in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood is shot by a white officer. From the young kid who filmed the shooting to the black police officer who questions whether or not his fellow officers have a racial bias to the young high school athlete who must decide on whether or not to get involved in his community’s uprising. All three tales have a weight to them and Green is effective in his ability to weave the characters together. It’s never frivolous and hardly wastes a second of its 95 minute run time. It speaks to current events and the escalated climate we face due to social media’s ability to make incidents such as this such a relevant and necessary topic to discuss.Read More →