My gut impression is that Ariel Vromen and Sascha Penn‘s 1992, a dual father-son action drama occuring at the beginning of the Rodney King riots, is a smart, gripping, tautly-plotted film.

I can’t find any reviews and we obviously can’t trust trailers, but this feels like a goodie.

Plus it has a 96-minute running time — an astonishing fact given the general current tendency of many films running over two hours, if not closer to 150 minutes.

I would be remiss not to at least consider the racial-ethnic angle here. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s my understanding that 1992 is primarily focused upon Tyrese Gibson and Christopher A’mmanuel‘s characters (good guys), and secondarily upon Ray Liotta and Scott Eastwood‘s characters (thieves)…right? The trailer certainly suggests this.

Question #1: Aren’t white filmmakers presumed by wokester critics to lack authority in stories about Black characters? Question #2: I’m therefore wondering if 1992 having been directed by a white Israeli guy (Vromen), and written by a white guy (Penn) might result in problematic reviews. Question #3: Am I wrong in believing there have long been currents of anti-Semitic attitudes in the Black community, and especially since Israel invaded Gaza hard and heavy following the 10.7 atrocities? Question #4: It’s also my impression that wokesters are generally anti-Israel (i.e., ”Queers for Palestine”).

So this film, which looks pretty damn good, will probably be ignored or perhaps even dismissed by significant sectors of the progressive critic community. If a black dude had directed it…different story.

Boilerplate: In 1992, Mercer (Tyrese Gibson) is desperately trying to rebuild his life and his relationship with his son (Christopher A’mmanuel) amidst the turbulent 1992 LA uprising following the Rodney King verdict. Across town, another father and son (Ray Liotta and Scott Eastwood) put their own strained relationship to the test as they plot a dangerous heist to steal catalytic converters, which contain valuable platinum, from the factory where Mercer works.

“As tensions rise in Los Angeles and chaos erupts, both families reach their boiling points when they collide in this tense crime-thriller.”