A Lot of Nothing
SXSW Movie Competition Narrativve Function Competitors
Reviewed for Shockya.com by Abe Friedtanzer
Director: Mo McRae
Author: Sarah Kelly Kaplan and Mo McRae
Forged: Y’lan Noel, Cleopatra Coleman, Shamier Anderson, Lex Scott Davis, Justin Hartley
Screened at: SXSW Movie Competition On-line, LA, 3/15/22
Opens: March 13th, 2022
It’s sadly usually that there are experiences of police brutality and using extreme and generally lethal drive towards folks of shade in america. The previous few years have seen a rise in public outcry, with protests occurring all throughout the nation to reform the way in which policing works and rethink its very existence. How folks have interaction with that on a person degree relies on a variety of components, together with the chance any motion can take to their very own livelihood. A Lot of Nothing imagines one outlandish state of affairs during which a Black lady simply can’t take it anymore and has to do one thing.
Vanessa (Cleopatra Coleman) and James (Y’lan Noel) are fortunately married and really profitable, dwelling in a big, comfy residence. After they learn the newest information of a police capturing, perpetrated by their very own subsequent door neighbor, Brian (Justin Hartley), they spend a drunken night developing with essentially the most scathing social media publish they’ll whereas imagining how they may actual revenge on the racist cop. When Vanessa goes exterior and sees him the following day, solely to be handled extraordinarily rudely, she decides she will not sit idly by and makes the impulsive – and completely irreversible – determination to take him hostage.
If Vanessa’s quickly-hatched plan looks as if a foul thought, that’s as a result of it’s, and this movie is supposed as a satire of the way in which that folks at all times need to do one thing of which means in response to how they’re handled or see others in society being handled. Vanessa and James endure numerous macroaggressions at work, talked right down to by their friends and supervisors, and smile by way of them, conscious that calling anybody out will seemingly solely end in unfavourable penalties that can blow again on them. The notion of a carefully-worded, snide remark posted on-line feels protected and innocuous, versus pulling a gun on a police officer and discreetly escorting him to your storage.
There’s further drama current that complicates issues, just like the arrival of James’ brother (Shamier Anderson) and his very pregnant spouse (Lex Scott Davis) whereas Brian is tied up within the subsequent room. Even earlier than that, James is in the course of a spin exercise when Vanessa bursts in to inform him how Brian handled her, suggesting that, simply between the 2 of them, there exists an enormous hole in how they really feel they’re seen and represented within the eyes of others. James tries to speak Vanessa down quite a few occasions, however as soon as they’ve began what they’re doing, it’s inconceivable to show again.
A Lot of Nothing comes from actor Mo McRae in his function directorial debut. McRae has appeared on a number of short-lived sequence, together with Insurgent, Virtually Household , and Pitch, along with arcs on different reveals like Sons of Anarchy and Huge Little Lies. Whereas these elements don’t essentially have a lot to do with what he has created behind the digicam right here, he does have a knack for writing characters and discovering the darkish humor in moments of panic, embedding comedy inside the horror present that performs itself out over the course of this movie with co-writer Sarah Kelly Kaplan.
Although he doesn’t star, McRae has assembled a powerful solid, led by Coleman, greatest identified for The Final Man on Earth and Dopesick , and Noel, from Insecure. The 2 have nice onscreen chemistry that works simply as effectively once they’re not getting alongside, and Anderson and Davis present glorious help as their very own model of inauspicious visitors. Hartley, sometimes charming on This Is Us, is completely despicable as Brian, whose conceited angle solely serves to additional drive Vanessa’s anger. This movie is filled with uncomfortable moments and some weird turns, however in the end it’s each one thing to consider and a darkly entertaining experience to expertise.
Story – B
Appearing – B+
Technical – B
General – B