BLINDSPOTTING:  Rated R – 1 hr. 35 mins.

Blindspotting“RIVOTING AND POWERFUL, BLINDSPOTTING is a modern tale. and testament, to the social injustices that plague our society” – Kathy Kaiser, Matinee Chat

BLINDSPOTTING:  Rated R – 1 hr. 35 mins.

Director:  Carlos Lopez Estrada

Writers:  Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs

Starring:  Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar Jasmine Cephas Jones, and Ethan Embry

As we meet Colin (Daveed Diggs), he has only three more days on his probation, before he can start his new life.  Trying to stay on the straight and narrow, as to not jack up his life any more, Collin still can’t shake his friend since childhood, MIles (Rafael Casal), who is as crazy as they come…

When Colin is witness to a life shattering event, he is torn on what to do, as a felon isn’t too credible, and neither is his view…

So, Colin tries to focus on his moving job, staying clean, and possibly rekindling his romance with ex-girlfriend Val (Janina Gavankar), but it seems that Miles has other ideas, forcing Colin down a path he has tried desperately not to follow…

As angst grows to anger…Colin soon finds himself desperate for answers to the cruelties of this life, and why the societal wars of race and class seem to be growing exponentially in the Oakland that he loves, with each passing day…

I give BLINDSPOTTING a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  Truth be told, I was apprehensive about how much I was going to enjoy this from its trailer.  But WOW, was I happy that I did take the time to view it when it was all said and done.  The storyline of this film is not only moving, but authentic every step of the way, and Diggs and Rafael’s friendship in real-life, definitely comes shining through within each passing frame.   Kudos to Director Carlos Lopez Estrada too, as this film is a shining achievement from beginning to end.  And once you add in the ever-changing backdrop of Oakland, and the stress and painfulness of Digg’s characters life, and you have one incredibly powerful film ~ that will not only move you ~ but force you to take a step back, and reevaluate the societal injustices that the black race throughout our country face.  I’m hoping that come awards season, Diggs gripping performance is recognized, as it is a  sight to behold.  BLINDSPOTTING is definitely one of those films that you have to experience on the BIG SCREEN, as catching it on TV, just won’t give it the prominence that this storyline, and these incredible performances deserve.

Kathy Kaiser

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