Horrified onlookers witnessed the unarmed young man being handcuffed and fatally shot in the back by a white police officer. Grainy cellphone footage of the accident went viral within moments, sparking mass protests in the victim’s native Oakland.
When questioned, the perpetrator cop claimed he had mistaken his revolver for his taser. Filmed on a shoestring budget, director Coogler examines the various factors which contributed to the tragedy.
The script avoids heavy moralising. Melonie Diaz who portrays his girlfriend and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as his mother are very good but it is Michael B Jordan’s virtuoso performance that forms the core of the film. A film that deserves a wide audience.