Small Axe: Red, White and Blue (2020)


Red, White and Blue
Small Axe

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An urgent and timely biopic that's as sumptuous as it is searing, Red, White, and Blue is a triumph that gives the undeniably talented John Boyega the starring role he deserves.



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Air date: Dec 18, 2020

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Red, White and Blue tells the true story of Leroy Logan (John Boyega), a young forensic scientist with a yearning to do more than his solitary laboratory work. When he sees his father assaulted by two policemen, he finds himself driven to revisiting a childhood ambition to become a police officer; an ambition borne from the naïve hope of wanting to change racist attitudes from within. Leroy must face the consequences of his father's disapproval, and the blatant racism he finds in his new role as a despised yet exemplary constable in the Metropolitan Police Force. John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Steve Toussaint (Prince of Persia) star with talented newcomers Tyrone Huntley, Nathan Vidal and Jaden Oshenye. Red, White and Blue was co-written by Courttia Newland and Steve McQueen.

Critic Reviews for Small Axe Red, White and Blue

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10)

Boyega's excellent portrayal is painfully human at all times, forcing you to wonder if his desperate urge to foster change is a futile endeavor.

Oct 4, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

While Steve McQueen's five-film anthology "Small Axe" presents a collage of complementary stories from London's West Indian community, "Red, White and Blue" plays like a breaking point.

Oct 4, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

While this entry in the series isn't as sensual and evocative as "Lovers Rock" or as stirring as "Mangrove," it's nonetheless a fascinating take on the outsider-cop story.

Oct 3, 2020 | Full Review…
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Red, White and Blue refuses to try and sandpaper the rough edges of these complex issues to make them more stereotypically cinematic, and has John Boyega in a career-best performance.

Oct 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Boyega's stirring performance reaches extremely high levels of drama and indignation, the kind few of his other roles offered.

Oct 15, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Steve McQueen has achieved a monumental feat with this anthology, and I can't wait to see the final two films.

Oct 12, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Red, White and Blue sees a never-better John Boyega.

Oct 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Boyega is excellent and sheds any Star Wars residual concerns. The three films together celebrate a culture and represent a long heroic struggle-a community coming together to fight systemic racism-a battle that continues to this day.

Oct 11, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A challenging film that asks difficult questions of its audience. The best thing about this entry to the Small Axe series is undoubtedly that it showcases John Boyega's brilliance.

Oct 10, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With everything happening in the US right now, the continuing fight for racial equality for BIPOC alongside a fight for the very democracy our country was founded on, Small Axe feels like just what we need right now.

Oct 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Very good, but I did wish for a stronger resolution to close the series.

Oct 8, 2020 | Full Review…

So much of Red, White and Blue succeeds thanks to Boyega's performance.

Oct 7, 2020 | Full Review…

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