His ambitions exceed his grasp, but writer-director Joe Brewster's debut is a challenging , thought-provoking and timely film, even though it was finished more than a year before charges of police brutality against a Haitian prisoner rocked a Brooklyn
police precinct. Middle-class prison guard Paul Lamont (Giancarlo Esposito) is slowly succumbing to a stifling, low-level depression brought on by the day-in/day-out grind of dealing with criminals, most of them African-American men like himself. He's becoming cynical and casually brutal, too
smart to accept at face value the poisonous social assumptions that permeate the job -- despite that fact that almost all his c...