A film by Yann Demange
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley
Based on a true story of Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.
The director here immerse the audience in the 1980’s in Detroit Michigan where I used live about 30 minutes from there back in late 70’s. Rick Wersche Sr. peddled guns to Detroit lowlifes. However the FBI prays on this 14 years old boy to go undercover for them to deal drugs so they can know who is who and arrest them later. Things escalated and became out of hand, here is a father who with his son deals guns to drug dealers to make ends meet. The daughter however who is on drugs and sell her body for a quick fix leaves the house for good with her drug dealer boyfriend. Here is the story of a father for loves his children and does not want to break the family apart is trying to keep it together and do the best he can to take care of his kids that he loves so much. Plus the fact that the FBI screwed them over did not help. In this story you will see how corrupt are the mayor, the cops, etc… the poverty, and the decline of Detroit. When I went there I knew some people who told me that they knew people who bought a house in Detroit for $60,000 but sold it years later for $8,000 because the decline is so -bad . I remember working in Detroit at night and driving home in streets where the house were abandoned by their owners. Here is a story of a father and the love he has for his children. Of course there is a racial dynamic in the story. The performances were outstanding especially for the first time actor Richie Merritt. Not too bad for this film however a trip down memory lane for me.