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These Final Hours

An unflinching drama that highlights racial injustice in the United States.
5/5

Review

Directed by Lionel Coleman, from a script by Brian Flaccus, ‘These Final Hours’ is a short drama film that is set in the wake of the Black Lives Matter social movement – particularly following the 2020 racially motivated murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. The narrative follows Curtis Grimes (Joseph David Jones), a young African-American man who wrestles with societal plight, fear and unjust racial discrimination. In spite of the film’s hard-hitting subject matter, its salient message is certain to bring about awareness to the misconceptions that the community faces.

The 11-minute drama opens with the timid sound of a police siren – illustrating the ever-present fear of possible police brutality. A poignant poetic narration (from the protagonist) wraps the film together. The voice-over aids the overall tone and theme – conveying the character’s anger about the unjust society he feels estranged from. As Curtis makes his way around Los Angeles, he observes a street-art mural of Floyd and Taylor – before taking to the stage to deliver a mesmerizing performance of Bonnie Raitt’s ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’. The climatic scene gives an unflinching exposé of the perilous subject matter.

Under Lionel Coleman’s stellar direction, and Mason Thibo’s blazing cinematography, ‘These Final Hours’ is an adept piece of film that deserves an abundance of acclaim. Brian Flaccus’ poetic narrative is undeniably courageous and poignantly addresses the angst of many African-Americans. Joseph David Jones delivers a riveting portrayal throughout which is bound to bring goosebumps to the audience. An unmissable watch. Highly recommended.

These Final House Short Film

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