mariadees’s review published on Letterboxd:
another movie that I missed earlier this year... wow!
this movie is bold, uncompromising, and has a lot to say. the way that it is told is so unique, using anger and fear through poetry rap, and the intensity of the world that these two characters grew up in.
The movie is told over a 3 day period, and the plot twists in ways I didn't see coming. You can't imagine actually growing up in Oakland when these character's do, and the constant fear on their psyche every day of their lives. It also shows how much has changed or not changed, over the years, where the city may be growing, becoming more hipster, but the same kind of police brutality is still happening. at what point does that change too?
The director Carlos López Estrada did a great job delving into these tough subjects, through a very creative lens, and not afraid to ask the tough questions. The actors in this Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, have such great chemistry as best friends and you just want them to get their lives together and be the best version of themselves in this ever changing world we live in.
it's not the easiest watch but an important film in today's landscape.