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Monsters and Men (2018)

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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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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 ... 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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One moment can change everything

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monsters and Men 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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This is the third film of 2018 where John David Washington plays a cop. The other films were "BlacKkKlansman" and "The Old Man & the Gun". See more »

Soundtracks

Sitting in the Park
Written by Billy Stewart (as William Stewart)
Performed by Billy Stewart
Published by Chevis Publishing Corp
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Lacking punch. Disjointed 3 story movie. Overdoses of sentimental violins. Righteous message is forced fed. Adding nothing new.
15 September 2019 | by imseegSee all my reviews

Watch "Fruitvale Station" (2013) instead of this rather tedious picture about police brutality. "Fruitvale Station" has got much more gut power and a far better coherent story about police brutality. The problem with "Monsters and Men" is that it force feeds a righteous message about police brutality. Everybody knows there is police brutality, but that fact doesnt make this movie interesting by simply repeating over and over again that the police are bad and that the victims are saints, using violins and soft focus photography. Too many violins at specific scenes felt forced. I dont like it when I get cued to feel sentimental NOW and NOW, because of a sudden overdose of violins and soft focus photography when a dad is playing with his children.

There is no real drama either, which is remarkable because the subject of police brutality has tons of it available, but the director somehow managed to turn this interesting subject of police violence into a somewhat tedious story. It starts out promising, but it is definitely lacking punch in the middle, because suddenly the leading character gets replaced by another and later on by another. Too bad this movie has got a whopping 3 different stories to tell, which only further weakens the power of this already rather slow movie.

Watch the brilliant and shocking "Fruitvale Station" (2013) instead of this slow (soft) surrogate...


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