The debut feature from Reinaldo Marcus Green, Monsters and Men is a powerful exploration of race, family and consequence in the aftermath of a police shooting of an unarmed black man in a tight knit Brooklyn community.
Focusing on three characters, young father Manny who witnesses the shooting, conflicted NYPD officer Dennis and Zyrick, a high school athlete on the brink of a major college scholarship as they struggle to make sense of what has happened. Questions of moral action, provocation, race and justice are all considered and while each man is very different the conflict is endemic. The pressure to keep quiet and not get involved simmers as everyone is drawn into Americas race and gun wars.
- Winner - Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2018
‘Monsters and Men is a robust ensemble piece in which every performer finds subtle shadings in characters fully embedded in a realistic milieu. It's a smart, urgently relevant movie that marks an impressive upgrade from his acclaimed short films for writer-director Green’The Hollywood Reporter
‘Green’s graceful direction and keen ear for dialogue certainly make him a new filmmaker to watch, and it’ll be fascinating to see what he does…’The AV Club