Fast Color

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A grounded superhero story with more on its mind than punching bad guys, Fast Color leaps over uneven execution with a single Gugu Mbatha-Raw performance.



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Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) with supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local Sheriff (David Strathairn), she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother (Lorraine Toussaint) and daughter (Saniyya Sidney) and learns that the power she needed was inside her all along.


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  • This is one of my favorite movies of the year so far.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Mbatha-Raw brings a fierce, quiet containment to the lead role, and Hart builds so much mood through her atmospheric cinematography and deliberately slow pacing that it nearly papers over the sketched-in quality of the script.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Rewarding despite its restraint, the movie has an elasticity that pushes the imagination in any number of directions, offering an expressive allegory for a lineage of powerful black women whose strength, unleashed, could literally shake the earth.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Filmmaker Julia Hart sometimes trips on her ambitions in this minimalist superhero movie that takes on race and female empowerment. A stellar Gugu Mbatha-Raw, as a woman nearly undone by her psychic gifts, reminds us that not all heroes wear capes.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's hard not to see in "Fast Color" a reflection of the current national mood. But there are winning and losing strategies for doing such reflection, and a static story about static characters is inevitably a loser.

    Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Mbatha-Raw's spare, vulnerable performance ensures that the character's personal journey captivatingly comes together.

    Apr 15, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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