Monsters & Men
concession £7, members £6.50
Length: 95 mins
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Cast: John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Presented by rap royalty Drake, this feature debut is a morally complex, painfully tense drama that is necessary viewing in the Black Lives Matter-era.
Monsters and Men tells three intertwined stories about the consequences of a police shooting in Brooklyn. Manny (Anthony Ramos) films the shooting, but lands him in jail. Dennis (BlackKklansman’s John David Washington) is a cop on the same beat, torn between his allegiances to his fellow policemen and the black community. We also see a high school athlete (Kelvin Harrison Jr) who must decide whether the price of activism is worth forfeiting his pro career.
Just like Do the Right Thing, this tale of Brooklyn takes a horrific incident and sees its implications for all sides, creating an explosive social drama.
“There is humanity and complexity in this welcome movie, as well as muscular power and unreconciled anger.” ★★★★ – The Guardian
“With strong performances, smart directorial choices and an unexpected story structure, Monsters and Men transcends its run-of-the-mill Law & Order-like premise.” – ScreenDaily
“Simultaneously subtle and on-the-nose” – Variety