• The Force (2017)

The Force

Release Date: September 15th, 2017

TBC |1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

At a powderkeg moment in American policing, The Force goes deep inside the embattled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, the rise of Black Lives Matter and an explosive scandal. Winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Peter Nicks (The Waiting Room) embedded with the department over the course of two years to follow its serial efforts to recast itself. The film focuses on the new chief brought in to effect reform at the very moment the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO sparks a popular uprising to demand police accountability and racial justice both in Oakland and across the nation.

Cast: Real Life People!

Director: Peter Nicks

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Production Company Unknown

Distributors: Kino Lorber

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    In the gripping, inspiring — and, ultimately, dispiriting — documentary The Force, a troubled police force tries to redeem itself, only to learn how nearly impossible the task may be. show more

  • 100
    Peter HartlaubSan Francisco Chronicle

    The fly-on-the-wall style is a slow build that leads to an immersive experience, and then an ultimate payoff as the change-minded department detours into another scandal. The Force is like watching a drug addict take a few meaningful steps toward recovery, only to relapse again. show more

  • 88
    Peter SobczynskiRogerEbert.com

    This is a strong film that tackles a charged subject in a fair and even-handed manner. The Force will give viewers of all social and political persuasions much to think about afterwards. show more

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