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Small Axe: Red, White and Blue (2020)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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.

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McQueen focuses on Boyega's facial reactions as racist comments spew from the mouths of his superiors. It's chilling, heartbreaking and maddening to watch. Boyega is excellent...

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

John Boyega, known for the most recent Star Wars trilogy, gives a genuinely star-making performance here...

November 20, 2020 | Full Review…
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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.

October 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.

October 4, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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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.

October 3, 2020 | Full Review…

It's only frustration is that it doesn't come to a final, melodramatic conclusion. But that is to stress that police corruption and racism don't have movie endings.

September 13, 2021 | Full Review…

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