The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John David Washington ... Dennis
Anthony Ramos ... Manny
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Zyrick
Chanté Adams ... Zoe
Jasmine Cephas Jones ... Marisol
Nicole Beharie ... Michelle
Rob Morgan ... Will
Cara Buono ... Stacey
Grant Jaeger Grant Jaeger ... Remi
Josiah Gabriel Josiah Gabriel ... Victor
Emilia Allen Emilia Allen ... Emmy (as Emilie Allen)
Brian Pollock ... Officer Broncato
Joe Tippett ... Officer Montori
J.W. Cortes ... Officer Suarez
Giuseppe Ardizzone ... Officer Gambini
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The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.

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police | See All (1) »

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One moment can change everything

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The police announcement to disperse, made to the crowd of protesters, is done using a Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), which uses uncomfortably-high decibel sound to break-up crowds. Its piercing ringing sound would be much, much higher than depicted, however. See more »

Quotes

Will: Cities will continue to burn, young men will keep getting killed, cops will keep getting away with it, it's just the way things are
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Cross My Heart
Written by Warren Hagood, Dave Henderson, Sidney Pinchback
Performed by Billy Stewart
Published by EMI Blackwood
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A good film, but lacking in certain regards and ultimately a little too weak for such an important subject matter.
1 July 2019 | by Councillor3004See all my reviews

Killings of black men by the police have been a major theme for American cinema in 2018 - for obvious and very timely reasons. I had already seen "Blindspotting", "BlacKkKlansman" and "The Hate U Give" prior to watching this movie, three films which had a much larger budget to work with respectively, but were also a lot more creativity-driven and appreciated film as an art. That wasn't the case with "Monsters and Men", a film which largely flew under the radar despite its controversial subject.

There are three different stories told in this film, and they never really come together in any remarkable way. That's not a major problem itself, but it does make it feel like you're watching three different films at once, and it creates a convoluted and messy atmosphere even when the scenes itself are character-oriented and slow-moving.

I didn't dislike the film; in fact, I am very glad it was made. Maybe my vision was too clouded by having seen so many films with similar subjects, so I wouldn't necessarily call my arguments a valid criticism, but it seems a common point among reviewers that the three different POVs were not used efficiently enough to bind the story together in the end. There are committed performances from John David Washington and Kelvin Harrison Jr. in particular, but I can't help feeling that something was amiss to make this film a little more powerful, a little more impactful.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,697, 30 September 2018

Gross USA:

$500,101

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$510,967
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