The Screener Squad gets serious this time out as they cover Monsters and Men, the Sundance darling from director Reinaldo Marcus Green making his feature film debut. The story follows three lead characters (played by Anthony Ramos, John David Washington, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.) as they deal with a police shooting that affects their lives more than they could have imagined. From the moment capturing the horrific event to the political activism built around the shooting, the film uses a short film like structure to capture the moments that make up this emotionally complex issue of how to get justice and how to process trauma.
Justin and Shak have a lot of good things to say about this movie that, while not quite reaching its potential due to some structural and narrative issues, is a worthwhile film to watch if you have even the slightest interest in its subject matter. They also can’t get over how much John David Washington can sound EXACTLY like his father Denzel in key scenes. Find out why in the review!
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