'Everyday Black Man'
(Omari Hardwick, Tessa Thomspson, Henry Brown, et al / DVD / R / 2011 / Entertainment One)
Overview: When Claire meets Malik she is instantly swept off her feet by this charming young Muslim leader. But when Malik’s true colors shine through, her father Moses must protect both her and their community from danger.
DVD Verdict: 'Everyday Black Man' starts well enough, with good intentions, an atmospheric montage of Oakland, but quite quickly goes downhill - from my opinion, of course!
The opening scenes cinematiclaly set the mood of the film (to come), don't get me wrong - one of urban despair that stifles those individuals brave enough to try and make a difference in the face of institutional racism - it's just that its future good intentions then get blurred.
The story tells the tale of Moses Stanton ('Lethal Weapon'), who operates a small, unprofitable grocery store in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood. Having been free of drug dealers since Moses opened for business, that is all about to change.
Wanting to expand his business to better serve his community, but with no profit and no collateral, he just can’t secure a loan. His loan officer gives him the advice to seek a partner in the community.
Therein lies the premise to the story, but lest we forget that Moses is a soft-hearted pushover who has no patience for criminals; has lost a wife and daughter under mysterious circumstances, and is haunted by remorse. And so, just from that, you get the road that this movie travels.
The cast is good, the script tight, the camera work as it should be (nothing new, nothing exciting), and so yes, this is a promising debut for producer-writer-director Carmen Madden and cinematographer Phillip Briggs. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of: