Mon­sters And Men

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! -

ANDY’S RAT­ING: ★★★★ In cin­e­mas on Fri­day

WE don’t hear the chant Black Lives Mat­ter in this classy drama.

It’s def­i­nitely in­formed by the move­ment, but the film – in­spired by the 2014 po­lice shoot­ing of Eric Gar­ner – has more on its mind than easy slo­gans.

The film is made up of three sep­a­rate 30-minute dra­mas which are linked by the po­lice shoot­ing of Dar­ius Lar­son (Samel Ed­wards), a good-na­tured guy from Brook­lyn who sells loose cig­a­rettes out­side a corner shop.

In the first, we fol­low Manny Ortega (An­thony Ramos), a young dad who films the in­ci­dent.

When the po­lice warn him to keep quiet, he must de­cide whether to put his de­sire for jus­tice ahead of the needs of his fam­ily.

In the sec­ond in­stal­ment, we are with Den­nis (John David Wash­ing­ton, Den­zel’s son), a black cop who has turned a blind eye to the racism and cor­rup­tion of his col­leagues.

The third sec­tion shows how the shoot­ing af­fects a high-school ath­lete (Kelvin Har­ri­son Jr.), who has to choose be­tween po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism and a base­ball schol­ar­ship.

The sec­ond in­stal­ment is the most in­ter­est­ing, but all three of them are beau­ti­fully shot and pow­er­fully per­formed.

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