CAST & CREW
Plot: In a complete air of revolution, where only hate and sadness seems to linger, Night Catches Us begins with the entry of Marcus Washington back to his hometown, Philadelphia. Marcus comes back to attend his father’s funeral and lives with his brother. Soon as the movie gradually picks up, we learn that Marcus was a Black Panther (a community of black people holding civil rights movement in the 1960s) and that he was actually out of town on an exile because he was thought to be a police informer on one of the Panther’s arrest. One person, however believes Marcus was not an informer and that’s Patricia, the wife of the former Panther. The movie builds up a tremendous amount of drama as Marcus’s return is not exactly welcoming in the town. The tension between the remaining Panther’s and the police builds up due to the actions of the organization.
We realize that some long lost passion between Patricia and Marcus finds its way on to the screen as well. The relation between those two reaches out to the viewers, when Patricia asks for Marcus to stay in her house when his brother kicks him out. Patricia, however, puts out that it’d be a good influence on her daughter to have a male around the house. Patricia’s daughter, Iris, has her own role in the movie. She starts questioning her mom about her dad. Patricia then opens up to the past that’s haunting the town of Philadelphia.
Analysis: Tanya Hamilton wonderfully depicts the past in writing as well as direction as the movie Night Catches Us proceeds we would find no exaggeration or action where it’s not needed. The movie portrays both sides of military and political tension Blacks then faced. Hamilton shows through this movie that there’s always two sides to everything. With the characters of Patricia and Marcus, she gives out a message that Blacks are just normal people trying to find their place in the world. With the villain of the movie ‘DoRight’, she withholds that some people misinterpret the past, and the result is drastic.
1. Good screenplay and direction.
2. Beautiful insight to tabooed parts of history.
3. Sexual content and language abuse.
What’s not there:
1. Unnecessary action where it’s not needed.
2. Too much drama.
Verdict: “Night Catches Us” is a wonderful movie where passion and drama are well put with a walk to the past! Tanya Hamilton’s direction, Anthony Mackie, and Kerry Washington’s action are definitely worth your time! Don’t miss out on a wonderful trip to the exciting past of Black American revolution!
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