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Blonde. Purple

Critic:

Jason Knight

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Posted on:

14 Nov 2021

Film Reviews
Blonde. Purple
Directed by:
Marcus Flemmings
Written by:
Marcus Flemmings
Starring:
Julian Moore-Cook, Ellie Bindman, Adam J. Bernard, Jennifer Lee Moon, Jessica Murrain

An attempted bank robbery results in a robber being trapped inside the bank, with a young woman as a hostage. The police have surrounded the building and the desperate criminal tries to contemplate his next move.

 

This is a tense and dramatic thriller whose main storyline is a life-threatening situation, a hostage-taking situation. The story begins just after the perpetrator's accomplice has being gunned down by the police and himself and the hostage both distressed and terrified. As time goes by, the two of them open up to each other about their lives and struggles. The criminal also frequently speaks to a hostage negotiator over the phone.

 

The narrative also includes flashbacks, each with its own title. The flashbacks describe the events that led to the armed robbery, provide an insight into the life of the robber, whose name is Wyatt (Cook) and introduce the characters that took part in the planning. Some of these characters are Wyatt's corrupt parole officer (Moon) and Nath (Bernard) an intelligent and determined criminal. The flashbacks also provide an insight into the life of the hostage, Maddison (Bindman), who is being pressured by her mother to become an actress.

 

The film begins with a montage that contains elements that deal with violence and injustice against African Americans and their struggles for justice. These include animation that depicts the Ku Klux Klan and news footage of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, police brutality and riots. Racism is often present in the narrative, indicating that African Americans have a hard time living a good life. The story also brings to light the value of self-discovery, about living a decent life.

 

The atmosphere is generally dark, with a nasty situation taking place. Wyatt is frightened and upset and is often shouting and swearing and threatening Maddison. There are dangerous criminals, nail-bitting situations, a great deal of profanity, people pointing guns at each other, people getting shot or beaten. The film also has emotional scenes.

 

The performances are strong and Cook plays his part well, as an inexperienced criminal who has lived a hard life and has now gotten himself into a situation he cannot get out of. Bindman is convincing as a troubled young woman, who is struggling to find out where she belongs in life. Bernard delivers a great performance as a self-aware lawbreaker, who is always willing to get his point across.

 

This crime film will most likely grab the viewer's attention. The characters are interesting, the dialogue is well written and the addition of the intriguing plot make this feature an experience that is worth pursuing.

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