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After surviving a brutal attack (Instrument used was a board with nails in it) by a student, teacher Trevor Garfield moves from New York to Los Angeles.
Audio Commentary: Commentary with S. Jackson, K. Reynolds, S. Yageman, C. Gonzalez-Gonzalez --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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This is less "Dangerous Minds" or "The Substitute" than it is "Taxi Driver". Samuel L. Jackson does a superb job with his character Trevor Garfield, a man of deep moral convinctions and idealism who crumbles psychologically throughout the film. The way it is shot, along with the ominous soundtrack, creates an atmosphere of palpable doom and chaos. Garfield's speech to a fellow teacher who is beginning to realize the odd connection between the disappearance of troublesome students and his relation to them is really disturbing. The director should have worked more on the "teacher snapping" bit and had it a little less covert, but overall I would say this movie falls into cult classic, if not classic, range. The darkness is unforgettable, and the film does raise some relevant issues as to how people with values interact with those who have none. There is a certain flavor to this movie, somewhat inarticulate, that for me makes it worthy of the most lavish praise. This is no uplifting, Sidney Poitier film of redemption. It is simultaneously a vigilante film and a comment on conscious man and his place in the world. This is a must own, for Jackson's performance and the powerhouse ending.
One thing that I would have liked from this film is a slower transition from Samuel L. Jackson's former self to his newer self. The audience believes that they know his character and (quite suddenly) he has snapped and we are a bit unsure of the movement. This film is an intense experience-I found my nerves quite strained at the prospects of the chaos that exists in these communities. Above all, this film neither glorifies the student's actions nor the teacher's retaliation-a fact that prevents it from becoming a simple bloodbath movie. One leaves this film with a sense of loss on both sides and the utterly hopeless situation that we have created in our school systems. Jackson's character does, despite what some may say, have an impact on the students he teaches. But his victory is not without devastating losses; a Pyrrhic victory, as the movie (not so subtly) alludes.
Word to the wise: this is not an uplifting film. Do not rent it thinking you're in for a "To Sir, With Love" experience. Just read the title. But if you're in the mood to look at the darker side of life (think "Requiem for a Dream"), by all means.
Reviewer: Kris from Portland, OR United States
What were they thinking? In order to know the depth of stupidity of this film, you must judge it in relation to its contempararies. "Dangerous Minds", "Lean on Me" "Blackboard Jungle" and even the lesser "Hard Lessons". These films present a world in which teachers truly touch the lives of their students. The closest one to this film would be "Lean on Me." Based on the life story of principal Joe Clark, this film definately has a harder edge to it than the other films, and tells of the extreme measures that sometimes must be taken in order to achieve a safe haven. The other films in this list, while good in their own right, the character's achieve their goals rather easily considering the opposition. "187" on the other hand is a revenge fantasy/bloodbath that is ultimately an insult to those who actually attempt to affect change in the forgotten parts of our country by giving hope to those who believed they had none. For those of you who want a meaningful film rent one of the above, for those of you who like this film may I suggest "The Substitute". I haven't seen it, but from what I heard it is another film with a homicidal teacher, at least it might have the action you crave without the ridiculous pretention of "187"
I won't go into details about the plotline; I'll just say it is Grim. Films featuring Far Grimmer Storylines Have been made, but they are given Something to lighten it all up. True Stories don't have that Luxury. "Schindler's List", for example, doesn't have a Comic Relief Character; it doesn't Warp the truth to please audiences. It tells the Awful Truth but remains a Cinematic Masterpiece. I'm not sure whether or not "187" is a true story or not, but it is not a very Interesting one, and Certainly not one I'd be Eager to put myself through again.
Samuel L Jackson's Powerhouse performance becomes the films Main Saving Grace. The Other graces include a Strong Supporting Cast (Particularly Clifton Collins Jr as Cesar) and Daring Photography that will Stick with you Much more than the Story will. A Couple of weeks after my First viewing, I could Hardly remember a Thing about the film apart from its Orange Filtered Photography. One star for Samuel and One star for the Photography.
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