Written: J. Logan
Child hood friends are not always meant to stick around into adulthood. As people age, they realize it may be time to let toxic comrades go. In the film, Blindspotting, Collin is released from jail, and has the epiphany that one of his friends must go. Blindspotting explores the issues of racism, gentrification, personal growth, and police violence while living in Oakland, California. The film was first introduced at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and has received mostly positive critical reviews. Blindspotting currently has a 93% approval rating form the critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal both co-wrote the film together. They will also be in the buddy dramedy playing the lead role of friends Collin and Miles, the film will be hitting theaters July, 20. Although this will be the first film written by the two friends, they both have great writing talent. Diggs started his career in 2005 performing in the theater. His first role was in the Custom Made Theater Company’s production of Temptation. He eventually landed a spot in the rap group Clipping in 2010. He also collaborated with friend Casal on a duo album entitled The Bay Boy Mixtape the same year.
Casal is an spoken word artist and started writing when he
was 14 years old. He was a performer on the HBO show, Def Poetry, for multiple seasons. As reported by Variety, the two used the film to highlight the tension of racial class and gentrification. Which is an issue that is still prominent today.The duo can definitely bring a different view on the film industry with Blindspotting.
Judging by the trailer and the reviews from critics who viewed Blindspotting at the Sundance Film Festival, high box office numbers may be inevitable. The film should definitely be on your must see list for July movie releases.