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Maxwell Linge’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Masculinity in a low-income urban American environment and police brutality emerge as the major themes of the film. The former has been expertly constructed where its largely social causes and consequences constitute the narrative and these are subtle when the situation calls for it (e.g. Miles casually drops a line about growing up without a father in the midst of a move) and confident in their explosiveness (e.g. the secondary definition of the n-word). The direction is great as well; Collin's and Miles' savage beat-down of the drunk while he's ablaze to the horror of Val says much about the dreadfulness of violence. However, the theme of police brutality struggles to find its place in the story. Collin's flashbacks come across as being too heavy handed and the surrealist nature of last rap clashes with rest of the film that's largely grounded.