Haiku Review: Blindspotting

Blindspotting
Written by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs
Directed by Carlos Lipez Estrada


SYNOPSIS
An Oakland man with only three days remaining on his probation witnesses a police killing and his life is forever changed.


HAIKU REVIEW

A dynamic script;
Perspectives challenged and changed;
Please see both pictures.


RATING:
**Watch in Theater Immediately**
Pickup at Redbox Upon Release
Stream on Netflix/Watch on Cable
Don’t Waste Your Time


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

Wow, this film really floored me. I’m glad I got to see this as the closing screening of the 2018 Cinetopia Film Festival, because it was not only the best of the films that I saw at the festival, but it’s up there as one of my favorite films of the year period. Race relations and police brutality are hot button topics in America right now but this is by no means a cheap, glossy, overly-Hollywood exploitation of those issues. It’s about perspective, and not only how different the same situation can be from person to person, but also how your own projections inform and shape those perspectives. It’s wonderfully written, with a genuine tone that is in turns laugh out loud funny and painfully powerful. In fact, the film is so funny, I felt lulled into a false sense of security, before the film would take me down a new and unexpected path. The chemistry of the two leads (Diggs and Casal, who wrote the script) is absolutely awesome, and the true heart of the film comes from their scenes together. The climactic scene is something I’ve never seen before, and left a huge impression on me as something that is as powerful as it is unforgettable. Simply put, this is a must-watch movie. When it is released wide later this summer, everyone should see this film. Everyone.


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