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American Crime (2015-) – A Harsh, Dark and Gritty Dosage of Reality

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Category: Drama
Actors: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco, Johnny Ortiz
Regina King, David Hoflin, Gwendoline Yeo, Gleendylis Inoa, Lili Taylor, Kira Pozehl, Grant Merritt, Bob Hess, Joe Nemmers, Brent Anderson, Todd Terry as Jackson

Channel: ABC
Duration: 42 min
Rated: TV-14

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Long Story Short:
A brutal crime that seems to be easily solved turns out to be more complex than expected. The participants find themselves in a racial fight full of accusations, hatred and inhumanity.

Review:
First up John Rildey who already won an Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave is an amazing writer and director. I hope we hear and see a lot more from him in the future.

American Crime is a lot darker than any other ABC Drama I have ever seen. It contains a lot of violence, cursing, and the atmosphere itself can be very disturbing at times.

The storyline is extremely well done and the actors portray they characters down to the t. There are no plot holes or moments that could have been handled in a better way in my opinion. The character’s backstories and compelling and shocking at the same time. It is hard to pick a side at times.

The drama sucks you into a dark world that seems so terrible but turns out to be no different than what we experience every other day. I am sure you think the American Crime is the murder that has been committed, and the whole show evolves around. But the real American Crime is how easily people are being convicted and targeted as suspects for crimes they never committed. How simple is it to look at someone’s status in order to determine if they are capable of committing a crime? Cases are closed in no time and people have someone to blame even if they are blaming the wrong person.
Who would you rather suspect of murder, rape or theft: A drug addict who lives on the street or someone who has a well- paid job and lives in a mansion?
And if they both have a high status who do you think would be questioned first: The person of color of the Caucasian?

With that in mind children of color are often taught that they will always have to work ten times harder and still won’t achieve the status of a Caucasian person. They get the impression that they are worth less and never be as good as a person who doesn’t have brown or black skin. Why is that? Because sadly in many cases it is true.

But we can’t move forward if we hold on to this anger and frustration. There are so many companies and people that are open minded and embrace diversity, and we have to stick to them. Moving forward and letting go of negativity. And American Crime has several moments where this glimpse of hope comes to light.

I am very impressed by this show but it is not easy to watch sometimes. My heart was hurting sometimes, not because of what happened on the show; because it was like looking at reality. It is not a mindless show that you watch to be watching or simply enjoy. It makes you think hard, and brings up emotions.
Great show. I am looking forward to Season 2.

Rating: 8.5/10

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