The last time I was this angry watching a film/show were probably back then when I watched PUNISHMENT PARK during college. But the thing is PUNISHMENT PARK was a fictional mockumentary while to think that this actually happened to all those 5 boys..got my hand shaking. Tron's crumbling relationship with his dad and Korey's whole episode crushed me the most.
Invokes reflection, and shines a bright light on a very contemporary issue. Duvernay uses the elements of cinema to elevate the injustice into something visceral. I'm thinking of several scenes where shallow focus close-ups are used to really capture the boys' sense of shock. All of the young actors are exceptional.
Not much has changed since the 1970s. Actually, things have gotten worse for the African-American community. Not just in New York. Forty years of carceral capitalism, and then, Trump. With The 13th and When They See Us, Duvernay has perfectly captured the barbaric history of post-war America: a story of police brutality, institutional corruption, oppression, white supremacy, and neoliberal policies against minorities
the most heartbreaking thing about this series is that it’s based on real events involving real people. my empathy to the kids and my hatred towards the pigs are real. oh, and remember this name: jharrel jerome.
The first and last episodes are the best (but the second is a well crafted courtroom drama). Tron and Raymond should've had one episode as adults, while Yusuf and Kevin had another, but them's the breaks. Frequently powerful, always painful. Jharrel Jerome deserves several awards.
This is another tragedy and miscarriage of American justice. The lies people who were meant to help you, bring you justice tell to help themselves are unbelievable. Regarding the series itself, at first great but I felt that the passing of the time was too quick. There needed to be more episodes to explain more about the lifes of these young men. It truly should be a crime to wrongfully take their best years away.
I lost interest to see more after episode two, which is quite astonishing considering the highly interesting and tragic case portrayed. It would be stronger if it hadn’t been this banal, caricatured and over-sentimental. Ava Duvernay uses TOO BIG LETTERS to tell this story. There is no need of that screaming and simplifying to put this tragedy in a political context.
I will look up Ken Burns documentary instead!