Brett Schutt @ Sundance’s review published on Letterboxd:
WOW THIS MOVIE IS GOOD.
I remember seeing trailers for this before seeing a lot of movies and thinking it looked pretty good, then hearing all this acclaim for the film and planning on seeing it and then it just came and went. Wow, I regret not seeing this in theaters because Blindspotting is one of the best films I've seen so far this year.
The direction in this film is stellar, so many interesting angles, cuts, zooms and ways the director plays with storytelling conventions. It always kept the film entertaining. I was honestly glued to this movie scene one till the very end and it breezed by.
I found myself really caring for these characters and their relationship. David Diggs, after his incredible run on Hamilton gives another revelation of a role here. Collin is so vulnerable and human, and is trying to change in a system that makes it impossible to do so. You can see the tragedy in this situation. Then you see his friend Miles, who you think is just kinda his irreverent off beat friend and then realize how harmful he actually is. Collin gets away with so much just because of his race, and once you see that revelation here, it absolutely broke me.
The entire film had me on the edge of my seat, because I wanted to see Collin be better, and do better. It's sad to think that especially people of race always have to be in the right place at the right time or else they could be blamed at anytime. It's simply not fair. There's a scene towards the end of this where Collin points a finger at Miles son and he raises his hands and says, "DON'T SHOOT," and his mother doesn't question it. It's time to raise the kids now to live in a life of fear and oppression. That cut me deep, it's just not right.
Then there's the very ending scene in this, my heart was beating in my chest and I was sweating it was so intense and it's been about 15 minutes after I watched the film and I'm still shaking. It's just a powerhouse of a film.
This movie is honest and very human, but also entertaining and heartfelt at the same time. The jarring shift in tone this movie takes could have been handled so poorly under any other director but they find the perfect beats here to make this a satisfying film and one that is gonna stay with me for a long time.