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Monsters and Men (2018)




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One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun down a neighborhood street hustler, and Manny films the incident on his phone. Now he's faced with a dilemma: release the video and bring unwanted exposure to himself and his family, or keep the video private and be complicit in the injustice? With a deep sense of humanity and a deft directorial hand, Reinaldo Marcus Green smartly reformulates the traditional construction of "protagonist" to magnify the power of perspective. Green tells the story of how the footage affects the lives of three upstanding men in Bed-Stuy--a young father striving to support his new family, an African American cop dealing with the fallout of his colleague's mistake, and a star high school athlete who becomes politicized by the incident. Each man is very different, but they equally feel the urgency of the question they must all face: should I take moral action or remain safely on the sidelines? Green provokes viewers to ask themselves the same question.


Critic Reviews for Monsters and Men

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

It's best when relying on its performers, as these men provide the type of inner debate that Monsters and Men too easily simplifies with its script.

January 27, 2018 | Full Review…

There's an expert fluidity to the chain of events and their direct impact on three men of color just trying to live honest, productive lives.

January 21, 2018 | Full Review…

For the people Green most hopes to engage, he hasn't given them quite enough to work with.

January 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite its ambitions, "Monsters and Men" makes its weighty subject matter feels thin and slight.

January 30, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Superbly acted and impactful, Monsters and Men is a film about having the difficult conversations even when the answers to our questions might not be readily available.

January 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It's blunt with its message without being preachy, which helps it to be effective. Even when the movie leans into heavy-handedness, Green skillfully pulls us back. It's a daring task to take on as a first-time feature director and he does so admirably.

January 24, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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