Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 May 2020)
Brief Synopsis – True story of how two very intelligent Black businessmen found a way to invest in the banking and loan business at a time when their “kind” weren’t accepted in the business.
My Take on it – This is yet another film that I came across by accident and knew absolutely nothing about before watching it.
It is the very first film released by AppleTV and it’s a movie with a powerful message about the dangers of racism and how two men tried to overcome it in the 60’s.
The cast is great and both Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson help bring their characters to life before us.
We get to see what these very intelligent men were able to accomplish at a time where things were not in their favor at all.
The film gets a bit too technical with the banking and loan jargon, but despite that, we still get a clear idea of what is happening in general.
Nicholas Hoult is also great as their “white” employee who is trained to be their spokesperson and replacement in a world that was still quite prejudice towards black men.
The fact that this film is based on a true story doesn’t surprise me at all and they are able to present things in quite a powerful way that shows us what kind of things these men were able to do despite having to fight the system the whole way through.
Bottom Line – Really enjoyable film about the ripple effects of racism during the 1960’s. Both Mackie and Jackson are great in the main roles and show us the kind of things that these very smart men were capable of and despite the odds against them, still found a way to make a difference. Hoult is also great here as their “white” spokesperson who is able to be a front for their rising business practices. It isn’t surprising at all that this movie is based on real events and that makes it even more powerful to watch since we get to see what these men were capable of despite the “system” being stacked against the, Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film, shooting of which was completed in 2018, was held up for original release in 2019 when one of the producers, Bernard Garret Jr. (son of the main character depicted in the film) whose name has been removed from the credits, was accused of sexual misconduct. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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