6.8/10
633
5 user 11 critic

The Force (2017)

Trailer
2:36 | Trailer
THE FORCE goes inside an embattled urban police department struggling to rebuild trust in one of America's most violent yet promising cities.

Director:

Peter Nicks

Writers:

Linda Davis (story), Linda Davis | 4 more credits »
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Cat Brooks Cat Brooks ... Self (as Sheilagh Polk)
Jonathan Cairo Jonathan Cairo ... Self
Ben McBride Ben McBride ... Self
Johnna Watson Johnna Watson ... Self
Sean Whent Sean Whent ... Self
Juan Carlos Zapata Juan Carlos Zapata ... Bridesgroom
Edit

Storyline

THE FORCE goes inside an embattled urban police department struggling to rebuild trust in one of America's most violent yet promising cities.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

police | See All (1) »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

See all certifications »

User Reviews

 
An excellent look at revamping a troubled urban police department.
17 April 2017 | by jen-lynxSee all my reviews

"The Force" is Peter Nicks second film in a trilogy of films in which he investigates the interaction between community and institution; the institutions that effect our daily lives, e.g., health, security, and education. In his first film, "The Waiting Room", Nicks portrayed a day and night in an Oakland hospital emergency room. In "The Force", Nicks and his team go inside the Oakland Police Department, investigating just how it is working to comply with a decade+ old federal oversight ruling, which was instigated after years of abuse and corruption.

The Oakland Police Department has made national headlines in recent years, yet it is not so dissimilar to other urban police departments, which is why "The Force" works as a documentary about the connection between community and it's protectors across the whole of the country. At the opening, when the new recruits gather to say a Christian prayer, I was skeptical. Would this be a love story to the police force? But once I settled in, this documentary proved it was attempting to show the facts, for good or ill. While I do believe that Nicks allowed the OPD to display their good side, he did not let them hide their dirt either. When emotions run high, it is difficult to stand back and show both sides fairly, but I think Nicks did just that.

In the Q&A following the film, Nicks explained that "The Force" had wrapped filming and even editing when the news broke that the OPD was involved in an underage prostitution scandal involving multiple officers and a massive cover-up. With little money and time, the entire crew decided to go back and film some more. They had to re-cut the film to include this latest information, which probably impacted the final film a bit for the worse, but added a twist that was absolutely necessary to the narrative. 13 years later, and the OPD is still fighting it's demons.

Like "The Waiting Room", I cannot recommend this film enough. It is a brilliant documentary. Because of the last minute changes, I think it got a bit muddled, but even so, it still managed to produce a stunning look at the relationship between police and community in an urban environment, in a time when we are struggling to find justice and peace. Not to mention, that today with Jeff Sessions vowing to remove these federal oversights, how relevant this movie becomes as we see first hand the importance such oversights have in protecting our most vulnerable people.


18 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Force See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$59,912

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,912
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed