REVIEW: Blindspotting sees gentrification, police brutality from all angles

There’s a point in Blindspotting where plot turns into poetry, and acting becomes an all-encompassing act.

We feel the pain of our lead characters Collin (Daveed Diggs) and Miles (Rafael Casal) because their blood and soul are in the script, which they also wrote.

With three days until the end of his probation term, an unfortunate, life-altering event occurs that haunts Collin, and challenges him to explore his relationships and the people he surrounds himself with.

That includes his hothead friend Miles, who he grew up with. But does his pal really have his best interests at heart?

Diggs is a force to be reckoned with here, and the interplay between himself and Casal is brilliant. Casal himself has a meaty role, and one that will long be remembered.

This is a film filled with angst, and meditates on topics of police brutality, racism, and gentrification in Oakland in a fashion I’ve never quite seen before. It’s angry, funny, brutally honest, and it’s the most effective film I’ve seen so far this year.

5/5 Stars

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