Black :- Watch Black on YoutubeonFire, Yes, I read books by Shakespeare’, says a young gang member jokingly when he is interrogated by the police. Without doubt, this scene in ‘Black’ is meant as a little innuendo. The film is the latest cinematographic adaptation of Shakespeare’s play ‘Romeo and Juliet’. ‘Black’ is set in Brussels, where territories are divided between Moroccan street gangs and rival gangs of black Africans. When Moroccan teenager Marwan is waiting in the police station after having been arrested for theft, he meets the pretty African girl Mavela, who is caught for the same reason. They exchange telephone numbers, and start an affair. Because they are members of different gangs, this is enough reason for an exchange of violent attacks by the gangs. Several girls are gang raped or forced to participate in holdups, the boys organize gang fights. The film is very fast-paced and dynamic, capturing the inner city gang life with dark, sinister images and impressive establishing shots, making Brussels look like an urban jungle not much different from the Bronx or Compton. But beneath this succession of beautiful shots, there is not much substance. The screenplay doesn’t contain much suspense because everyone knows the Romeo and Juliet storyline. The dialogue consists mostly of four letter words. The characters are mostly one-dimensional. All white cops are sadistic racists, all black men are heartless macho’s, all girls are sexy and submissive. The film makers miss the opportunity to develop interesting characters, like Mina.
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Release: 11 November 2015 (Belgium)
IMDB Rating : 7.5/10
Director: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
Stars : Sanaa Alaoui, Martha Canga Antonio, Aboubakr Bensaihi