FILM TITLE: BLINDSPOTTING
GENRE:
CONSUMER ADVICE: 16 D L P V
DISTRIBUTOR: FILMFINITY (PTY) LTD
DIRECTOR: CARLOS LOPEZ ESTRADA
MAIN CAST: DAVEED DIGGS, RAFAEL CASEL, JANINA GAVANKAR
LANGUAGE: STRONG, FREQUENT, JUSTIFIED BY CONTEXT. SOMETIMES DEMEANING, INCLUDES WORDS AND LANGUAGE DEGRADING TO WOMEN, AND ALSO WITH SEXUAL UNDERTONES
NUDITY: NONE
PREJUDICE: MODERATE, FAIRLY FREQUENT, THEMATIC, JUSTIFIED BY CONTEXT AND STRONGLY DISAPPROVED OF.
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: STRONG, FAIRLY FREQUENT, REALISTIC, GRAPHIC IMAGES - PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL VIOLENCE, DISAPPROVED OF.
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: THIS COMEDY DRAMA WITH STRONG TONES OF RACIAL DIFFERENCE AND DIVISIONS, HAS COMPLEX AND MATURE THEMES THAT EXPLORE A 'BLACK' MAN DESPERATELY TRYING TO SURVIVE A YEAR ON PROBATION AGANIST A CONTEXT OF RACIAL PROFILING BY POLICE, POLICE BRUTALITY, FUNCTIONAL AND DYSFUNCTIONAL PARENTING, A 'WHITE' FRIEND WHO SPEAKS JUST LIKE HIM, AVAOIDING CRIME, TRYING TO OVERCOME 'BLINDSPOTTING'... THE DEFAULT MODE OF PEOPLE, BLACK AND WHITE, WHEN CONFRONTED WITH ISSUES THAT THEY HAVE PERCEIVED TO EXIST ALL THEIR LIVES. THE EXAMPLE DRAW IS THAT, EVERY TIME THE RECEPTIONIST AT COLIN'S JOB CONFRONTS HIM, SHE DEFAULTS TO HIS VIOLENCE, BASED ON A SCENE DESCRIBED BY A VISITOR TO HER JOB, INSTEAD OF SEEING HIM AS THE HONEST AND RELIABLE PERSON HE STRIVE TO BE. THIS LEADS TO LOSS OF PERSONAL POWER.
THESE THEMES EXPLORED WITHIN A DRAMATIC COMEDIC CONTEXT USING RAP TO COMMUNICATE KEY MESSAGES IN THE FILM. THE FILM HAS A POSITIVE OUTCOME WITH STRONG PRO-SOCIAL MESSAGES ABOUT REDEMPTION FROM THE PAST, AND MAKING VALUABLE JUDGEMENTS AGAINST GUN OWNERSHIP, AND VIOLENCE.
VISUALS COULD CONFUSE YOUNGER VIEWERS BELOW 16 YEARS AS IT INVOLVES FLASHBACKS, NECESSARY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PLOT AND CHARACTERS. THE MATURE THEMES DO HOWEVER CARRY A MODERATE SENSE OF THREAT AND MENACE AND COULD BE PSYCHOLOGICALLY HARMFUL TO THESE CHILDREN AS IT EXPOSES THEM TO COMPLEX SOCIAL ILLS AND ISSUES, WHICH MAY BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR THEM. THEMES COULD BE DISTRUBING, DISTRESSING AND UPSETTING TO THESE CHILDREN.