Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in. 

Studio: Lionsgate
Year: 2018
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Run time: 105 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD/1 DVD
Region: 1

‘Blindspotting’ takes place in present day Oakland focusing on childhood best friends Colin (Diggs) and Miles (Casal). The story largely follows Colin, a convicted black man serving his last few days of probation. Colin struggles to avoid getting into situations that will send him back to prison. It is difficult especially when his white best friend Miles’s reckless behaviour puts Colin in tough and awkward positions that he can’t seem to avoid. But once Colin sees a young black man get gunned down by a white cop, a journey of self-discovery begins.

As we follow Colin on his arc where he revaluates his place in the world and his personal relationships, the film digs deep into how our world is constantly changing and dividing based on the way we as a society perceive things and people. The perception of identity is express through little things like a local fast-food joint changing their menus to be more vegan, oak trees being turned into a new art trend to the major issues like Colin worrying his black identity will be placed into a racial stereotype so he tries to act passive and calm to avoid getting racially scrutinized by a white person. And it doesn’t help that he is often being blamed for Mile’s careless actions. From there the film explores serious social issues about racism in America. We get inside Colin’s head to see his fear of how the white-dominated system makes his life and other minorities both difficult and terrifying to live in. As much as he tries to avoid confrontation he ends up becoming either a non-guilty victim or a helpless spectator watching the madness unfold.
Movie Quality: 7/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. The print looks very good throughout without any apparent issues. Colors are vibrant and carry pop which brings out the fine details. The detailed scenes stand out very well. Blacks are deep. I found the print to be crystal clear with no artifacts or print damage. The darker tones of the film looks great with the appropriate lighting making this film standout.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This is a very immersive soundtrack during the action sequences. This is a film where there is a lot of dialogue. Those looking for an audio mix that will take advantage of your equipment, this is the film for you. This is a very well done audio presentation that has dynamic range with the sound effects and a lot of panning from speaker to speaker. Dialogue is clean and crisp through the center channel.
Print Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Carlos López Estrada
  • Audio Commentary with Producers/Writers/Actors Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal
  • Straight from the Town: Making Blindspotting [HD]
  • Blindspotting: Director’s Diary [HD]
  • Deleted Scenes [HD]

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts

Blindspotting is a film that is no doubt relevant for where we are right now as a society in terms with how we deal with race and stereotypes and can leave a lot to think about after you experience it.
Overall Rating: 6/10