WHITE BOY RICK (2018)

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.

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’71 (2014)

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A film by Yann Demange

Cast: Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris

Private Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell) a new  recruit from Derby who’s first tour of duty is in Belfast in 1971. Briefing the soldiers when they first arrive in Belfast they are told that the city is slit in two the Catholic and Protestant communities, and  they should never enter alone in the  Flats.  the new  Lieutenant 5he does not know whet is really going on) makes a mistake when he orders his men not to takes shields and helmets  he says “we do not want to scare the people when we get in there” . As a result of this mistake local Catholics overwhelm his men and two soldiers are separated from the unit, one of whom is Hook. One of them get shot , Hook runs for his life. Will he get out alive and rejoin his fellows soldier.

Here is an intelligent script from Gregory Burke who did playwright this is his first script on the other hand Yann Demange has directed series ,it is is first film. This is not you typical action film, it is a well thought out script. The thing is that a slit between the Original IRA and the Provisional IRA, the role of the undercover MRF (Military Reaction Force) and the loyalist paramilitaries. So Hook is trying to navigate thought it all not knowing on what side is everybody on. He is so careful who to trust and not to trust although sometimes he has no choice. It has a feel realistic to it that I like. It has feel like the movie Assault on Precinct 13 by John Carpenter Yeah It does. The music is perfect and build the tension. The film transports you back to ’71, to the burned out streets, bombings, riots. From the moment they arrived, and  before that the  Catholic school kids throwing piss bombs at them. Plus the street that are deserted most of the time to fear that you might be hurt or killed by one of the groups. A terrific action film not made in Hollywood But in Britain. A must see.

Jack O'Connell in '71

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