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Monster (2021) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Delayed by some 3 years, Monster finally gets the release it deserves arriving in the UK on Netflix as part of the Black Lives Matter season.  The story focuses on Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) – a 17-year-old honour student whose world comes crashing down when he’s charged with felony murder.  Following his trial (interweaved with his backstory and life outside of prison), teh film takes a look at a system and a world which is inherently biased towards young black men.  Whilst this is heavily focused on the social justice arena of court room drama, there’s still an interesting and nuanced story that director Anthony Mandler weaves and its visual style elevates what could have been quite a dry (and well trodden) drama. But this is Harrison’s film and his performance is worthy of the subject matter – he’s great delivering a layered and believable performance.  Overall Monster is a powerful film with an equally powerful message.

Best Bit: The film is technically well unique and well crafted

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: A Few Good Men, 13th, Judas and the Black Messiah,

7 out of 10 stars


 

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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