*Amidst the fiery chaos of the Rodney King riots, a foster mother of twelve (Academy Award winner Halle Berry) desperate to keep her family safe seeks help from her eccentric neighbor (Daniel Craig).
KINGS will be available to own (EST) on July 17 and on demand July 31.
KINGS Review by Kam Williams …
On March 3, 1991, five LAPD officers were caught on camera beating an unarmed black man who had led them on a high-speed chase instead of pulling over as directed. That driver, Rodney King suffered a broken ankle, a broken cheekbone, and numerous skull fractures and chipped teeth in the assault by billy clubs.
A year later, riots broke out all over South Central L.A. after a jury acquitted all the officers involved in the arrest. By the time the dust had settled a half-dozen days later, 63 people had died and thousands of businesses had been looted and burned to the ground, resulting in over a billion dollars in damages.
What was it like in the midst of the chaos and conflagration? That was the challenge accepted by Deniz Gamze Erguven in mounting “Kings,” a surreal saga chronicling a foster-mom’s frantic search for her missing kids at the height of the Rodney King riots.
You may remember that the talented Turkish writer/director made a spectacular debut a couple of years ago with Mustang, a female-centric, coming-of-age adventure which landed an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Film category. So, Kings is just Ms. Erguven’s second feature-length movie, and her first in English.
While the ambitious offering earns an A for the convincing way in which it recreates pandemonium, it only gets a C for coherency. For, the film unfolds less like a traditional narrative than a series of loosely-connected, impressionistic vignettes.
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Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball, X- Men)
Daniel Craig (Skyfall, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
Lamar Johnson (X-Men: Dark Phoenix)
Kaalan “KR” Walker (Superfly)
Rachel Hilson (“Rise”)
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