TV: When They See Us

Premiered: May 31, 2019

On: Netflix

Starring: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Jharrel Jerome, Marquis Rodriguez, Justin Cunningham, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Kylie Bunbury, Aunjanue Ellis, Vera Farmiga, Felicity Huffman, John Leguizamo, Niecy Nash, Michael K. Williams, Omar Dorsey, Suzzanne Douglas, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Famke Janssen, Adepero Oduye, Aurora Perrineau, Storm Reid, William Sadler, Blair Underwood, Len Cariou, Chikwudi Iwuji, Frank Pando, Alexandra Templer, Allan Greenberg, Isis King, Logan Marshall-Green, Gary Perez, Dascha Polanco & Reece Noi

Based on a compelling true story, creator and director Ava DuVernay brings the injustice of the Central Park Five to life.

In 1989, teenagers Kevin Richardson (Asante Blackk), Antron McCray (Caleel Harris), Yusef Salaam (Ethan Herisse), Korey Wise (Jharrel Jerome) and Raymond Santana (Marquis Rodriguez) were coerced into admitting to the assault and rape of Trisha Meili (Alexandra Templer) and sentenced to jail.

Many of the images in this series are disturbing to watch and are intended to make the audience nervous. The crimes committed against these boys that resulted in their incarceration highlight many social issues. It’ll make you question what’s currently happening in our justice system.

The cast is top notch. In addition to the five boys, Vera Farmiga, Niecy Nash and Michael K. Williams give notable performances.

Final say: Perfect execution of an intense subject. ★★★★★

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