Review: 892 (2022 Sundance Film Festival)

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Title: 892
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
Director: Abi Demaris Corbin
Starring: John Boyega, Nicole Beharie, Selenis Leyva
Runtime: 1 hr 43 mins

What It Is: Brian Brown-Easley (Boyega) is a veteran. One whose monthly check never came in. This has left him homeless. With an ex-wife and daughter to care for Brian is a man at the end of his rope. That being said the mentally unstable Marine war veteran has decided to take matters into his own hands. He ropes a bank asking only for the exact amount of his normal monthly pension…892 dollars. He’ll do what he must in order to accomplish this goal.

What We Think: John Boyega gives a powerhouse performance. He is the entire time the thing gluing you to the screen. From minute one to minute 103 you are sucked in and through the whole thing, all you can think is how justified Brown-Easley was in his actions. This is also the last performance of Michael K. Williams’ life, as he died in 2021. For this, he gives a rousing good turn as a compassionate police negotiator Eli Bernard. Nicole Beharie is also an absolute standout. Director Abi Demaris Corbin though is the true superstar of this film. Her eye captures every tense moment. Winding and winding the stress and tension of the moment as it all collapses.

Our Grade: B+, This is not a film for those that aren’t familiar with the edge of their seat. You’re going to be there the entire time. John Boyega is such a talent and this film allows him to really shine. I should mention that this film is based on a true story and I firmly believe you’ll come to the same conclusion about the ending that we did. Nonetheless there so much well done here and you should seek it out!

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