Sundance Film Review: Monsters and Men

Posted By admin on February 9, 2018 7:27pm

By: Brittany Conrad

New York Native filmmaker, Reinaldo Marcus Green, brings us this racially charged, jarring story depicting the aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of three very different characters; an African American bystander who filmed the crime on his cellphone, an African American police officer, and a high school baseball phenomenon who is inspired to join the movement for change. Though their perspectives are different, they all share the feeling that racial profiling and brutality are alive and real among the force. Though the shooting is deemed accidental, the three main characters all live with the unease that things are more unsettling. Monsters and Men follows the story of a Bed-Stuy police department’s entanglement in a mostly black community and the consequences of a racially divided world. The local community in Brooklyn is divided as well, with half feeling the best move is to put your head down and carry on, while others want to raise awareness and see justice for the deceased. Scarily accurate with what has been happening in today’s world, this film manages to capture the true essence of the complexities involved with police shootings. Green has a strong cast to support his vision, that bring life to each character and truly capture what it means to be black in a world that is still at times very racially divided. Though this subject is unfortunately all too relevant, Monsters and Men brings things to light in a very real way through some breakthrough performances and very honest personal viewpoints.

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