Logan Kenny’s review published on Letterboxd:
you feel like you’re destined for something, you think you can change things, you think you can make a difference from within. you think there’s a way to change the system without destroying it, you feel hope in your heart that the good cops will save you, that the system itself will be able to work, that things aren’t hopeless. you believe in america, the idea of it, you believe in spite of its history that it in its current form can improve and be better, you believe that life can adapt and that people can be equal under a system built off inequality. you feel like you’re powerful enough to change things from within but you can’t, all you’re doing is assimilating to the culture and the system, because no matter what you do, one “good” cop doesn’t make up for millions of bad ones raping and murdering black people, make up for a system that imprisons and degrades and destroys them for the colour of their skin.
after a film filled with the hope of a protagonist for change from within, for a world where a full on revolution isn’t necessary, after a moment of heroism and catharsis, we’re brought into the reality of things, the realisation within our souls that things are never simple. the Charlottesville footage burns into your brain and you lose the ability to escape it, you realise (if you even had to) that the system is broken and that the system won’t give up that easy. no matter what you say to David Duke, he’s still the one who you protected under the name of the law and he’s the one still standing instead of Fred Hampton, because only one of them threatened the entrenched racism at the core. can we change? are we too far gone to break down this system? I don’t know, I don’t know. but I can believe that another way of life is possible, that this won’t be forever, we can believe and fight for a world that’s better, from outside, and together. this movie made me cry.