Similarly, Frank, an attending officer on the scene of that crime, is coping with his own guilt, and accusations that his lack of quick action could have cost lives. It is not all doom and gloom, as there are glimmers of hope every now and again, but for every step forward that characters make out of their predicament, it is often a case of two steps back. This is particularly true in the case of Frank, who confronts violent crime daily, facing brand new horrors as he struggles to lay the past to rest.
Forest Whitaker plays the hero of the piece, if one can call him that. He imbues the character of Principal Carter with the air of man constantly being pushed to his limits as he juggles between his family and his students. In an area where crime is rife, and violence is an easy solution, the drive to keep youngsters away from guns is an insurmountable challenge. The situation contrasts nicely with the affluent white suburb the Huttensons hail from, and how easy it is for youths to get guns.
There is far more to American Gun than these snippets. It is an emotionally complex and gripping film whose weighty subject is particularly pertinent to SA. Despite the varying situations, the moral always comes back to the fact that a lifetime’s worth of work can be undone in a single second, leaving multiple victims, many of whom will never recover. It is not all bleak, as the film provides various characters with flickers of light at the end of the tunnel, but they all have a very long way to go.
- Ivan Sadler
American Gun explores the often tragic consequences that hand guns wreak on society. It's intensely moving, but not easy to watch.
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