Movie Review: 892 (2022)

“892” was the opening night film for the 2022 Atlanta Film Festival. Christopher Escobar greets Abi Damaris Corbin who co-wrote and directed the film based on actual events in Atlanta.

The tension remains high for at least half of Abi Damaris Corbin’s taut real-life drama 892 (B), but there’s literally not a lot of payoff in a story about a jilted veteran who holds up a bank as a last desperate attempt at getting noticed. John Boyega disappears into the central role of a very specifically well mannered vigilante opposite a stellar Nicole Beharie as the steely bank manager turned primary hostage. Connie Britton is engaging as always as a broadcast news reporter; and, in his final screen performance, the late Michael K. Williams is superb as a wily mastermind negotiator. It’s a competent procedural thriller with some illuminating moments about how America abandons promising people on the fringes, but its tenacity to the dogma of chronicling a true story deprives the film of the wrinkles and ridges most crackling narratives possess. Corbin is very skilled at the helm, and it will be interesting to see what she tackles next.

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