SFF22: ‘892’ Review

892 captivates its audience in an explosive fashion as it creates a fantastic thriller.

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Taking a break from discussing some of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition I set my eyes on a film from the U.S. Dramatic Competition. 892 walked away with an award this year at Sundance as it picked up the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast. I cannot even begin to explain to you all exactly how much this film does not just deserve that award but also the buzz coming out of Sundance. When I was scrolling through the program I had to use a ticket for this film, I mean this has already two actors that caught my attention in John Boyega and Michael K. Williams. What I walked out of was an experience that lands this as one of the best films coming out of Sundance this year.

892 is directed by Abi Damaris Corbin from a script by Corbin and Kwame Kwei-Armah and stars the late Michael K. Williams in his final role, John Boyega, Nicole Beharie, and Connie Britton. The film is based on a real-life story as we follow Brian Brown-Easley (John Boyega) a former veteran with mental health struggles. The film first sees Brian trying to rob a bank but as we continue on with the film we learn throughout the journey that there is more than meets the eyes of this thriller. What seems like a simple crime thriller at first evolves into a fantastic piece discussing the treatment of veterans in the United States. The film truly lays it all on the ground and delivers on all cylinders.

892 is an explosive thriller from beginning to end, gripping you until it is time to let go. It is expertly performed by its cast including a masterful performance by John Boyega. As we continue to travel through the journey of the film, the pace feels like it meanders a bit during the second act, but once it is ready to wrap up the stakes are raised once again. I found the film to bring up important themes like the treatment of veterans, mental health disorders, and class divide. It exceptionally discusses these themes and lays them out well enough to be analyzed.

892 is one of the best films coming out of Sundance and you do not want to miss this one when it releases

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