The trailer features Collin (Daveed Diggs), a man who is trying to overcome the obstacles pressed against him during the last three days of his probation, all while his best friend Miles (Rafael Casal) is an obstacle within himself. Fueling the fire and adding a slight dose of real-world problems to the mix, Collin witnesses and must come to terms with the murder of an unarmed black man shot down by a police officer (Ethan Embry).
Blindspotting lays out similarities with Dope, Boyz n the Hood, Kicks. Like most “hood” movies, they feature young men challenged by there hood in while becoming something better. This story, however, is different. “You monsters got me feeling like a monster in my own town,” this is what makes the difference hearing this alone is what will make this film stand out.
Blindspotting highlights gentrification in Oakland and other places like it. It gives viewers a taste of what it is like to be a black man in America. If that has been done before it adds the essence of culture by making a film about how the city can treat men from the same class, with the same job, and the same interests as completely different.
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First shown as an opening-night competition entry earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, the screenwriters feature debut for which they star in and produced now has its first trailer. Infused with a style, humor and infused with the spirit of rap, hip-hop, and spoken word. The film test the boundaries of the classic buddy comedy.
Obviously, Blindspotting is more of a serious film about major real-life concerns rather than a comedy as it’s labeled. Not taking away from the fact that it’s kind of a kick back type of film, I commend the trailer for showing Blindspotting without misleading viewers.
Currently holding a positive reaction on Rotten Tomato with a 92% rating, it will be interesting to see the reception of the film when it releases on July 20.