When They See Us: The Story With Everything

Netflix has been pumping out some pretty creative tv shows lately, and When They See Us is no exception.

The trailer itself is inspiring, thought provoking and haunting all at the same time. The full four part mini-series encapsulates everything a story should be, and it’s an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.

Based on real life events, When They See Us tells the story of ‘The Central Park 5’ a group of Harlem teenage boys between 14 and 16 years old fighting for their innocence in a corrupt justice system after being coerced into confessing to the rape and attempted murder of a woman in central park in April 1989.

Despite the story being set between 1989 and the early 2000’s, its relevance couldn’t be more timely.

When They See Us hits the nail on the head in communicating how we as a human race will always have that desire for truth and justice to prevail.

Directed by Ava DuVernay, also known for Selma, A Wrinkle in Time and the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, When They See Us contains every story element needed for a compelling and emotional experience with just the right amount of character development for us to become completely invested in each person.

From start to finish it’s bound to grab your attention. It has one of the most satisfying endings I’ve ever seen.

Based on the extra long episodes, heavy themes and emotional weight of the story, I wouldn’t recommend watching all four episodes in one sitting, because often you’ll find yourself screaming at the television out of frustration. It may also turn you into an emotional wreck more than once.

One thing that stands out above everything else is the amazing performances by every single actor, particularly Asante Blackk, the youngest of them all, who plays young Kevin Richardson. When They See Us marks his debut into the acting world, yet despite being a newcomer he’s bound to break your heart.

The series spans more than a decade so there is an adult version of each kid, except for the character of Korey Wise played by Jharrel Jerome, who (with the help of the makeup department) plays a 16 year old and the adult version of the same character convincingly.

If you have access to Netflix I recommend seeing this true story of human endurance and fight for justice. It will no doubt give you inspiration and restore your faith in humanity.

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  • Jay Evans

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    Jay Evans has spent the last 8 years working as a film editor, 4 of which have been with The Initiative Production Company. In his spare time he enjoys music, comedy, experimental cooking and getting lost in the woods.

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