Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Aaron (Kevin Hooks, Sounder, A Hero Ain't Nothin But A Sandwich) is a gifted black ball-player in Harlem, N.Y., whose father (Moses Gunn, Shaft, Amazing Grace) expects Aaron to have the basketball career he never had. Angela (Irene Cara, Sparkle, Sister, Sister) is a Puerto Rican girl from Spanish Harlem who lives alone with her mother. When Aaron and Angela fall in love, they worry that their racial difference will cause friction between their family and friends, and decide to meet in secret. The plan works until they discover their love nest is also host to some major drug deals.
Captain Carter (Stephen Boyd) is an officer in World War II who must lead a troop on a suicide mission into Nazi territory. Carter is white, and the unit he is assigned is Company B, an all-Black unit that has seen no action other than digging graves and latrines. Carter has two days to get the unit into shape for Operation London Bridge.
- J. Walter Smith
- Tobar Mayo
- Roxie Young
- Gladys Lum
- Tony Rumford
Abar is obviously set up in an extreme environment. The blatant racism may seem to be too much for some viewers, but one must remember that it is just a movie. Actually, when witnessing the acting and editing, I find it hard for the average person to forget that it's just a movie. However, regardless of the poor editing and dialogue delivery, the characters are skillfully (almost magically) developed. The extreme prejudices portrayed in the film may not seem realistic for this day and age, but I think that it compensates for all of the constant problems and issues of minority disrespect/disregard in american society that may seem subtle, but in reality, cause just as many feelings of societal rejection and frustration within minority communities. With this film, I urge the viewer to, first, get a good laugh at the overall makeup of the film, and then check it out again to pick up on some of the issues that "In Your Face (Abar)" presents to our "great" american society.