Fifth about The Seventh


Blindspotting: Carlos López Estrada pulls off quite a tight little film as he tells the story of a friendship stretched thin. The film deals with many thorny issues, raising awareness instead of pontificating a particular point of view; it ultimately cares about one particular life but recognizes that the context around it matters. The title itself has an interesting and insightful meaning that enriches the experience. The protagonist is a flawed man, but intent on walking a straight path, and he is defended with great intensity by Daveed Diggs (who not surprisingly nails the spoken-word rhyming); Rafael Casal is equally impressive as his loose-gun friend. Janina Gavankar and Jasmine Cephas Jones are strong in their minor roles as the women in the friends’ lives. Nicely shot by cinematographer Robby Baumgartner.

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