Blindspotting ★★★★½

Carlos López Estrada’s debut feature Blindspotting propels its timely, gentrifying narrative to a battle cry of social agenda, and an ode to the city of Oakland. The story follows an ex-convict and his final days through probation. Estrada’s helm is rapid, stylistic, with intensity and raw emotional beats throughout. Daveed Diggs marks a very impressive acting performance and his chemistry with co-star Rafael Casal makes them a dynamite to watch. The writing is equally impressive underlying the nuances of racial and social inequalities in the community and how it affects each individual living in the area. Overall, this is one of my favorite films of the year with one of the great confrontation scenes I’ve seen in recent memory. It’s unbelievably raw and powerful.

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