We Own The City Review
David Simon has left the cinematic universe for quite some time now. He returns to the Baltimore streets where he made his name for We Own This City twenty years after the debut of his critically acclaimed television series The Wire. It is even more unsettling that We Own This City is based on a real-life incident of widespread police corruption in Baltimore.
Comparison with The Wire:
We Own This City (Sky Atlantic) will inevitably compare to The Wire. It create by David Simon and George Pelecanos, has several actors who previously appeared in The Wire, is based in Baltimore, and employs a similar aesthetic. It is strongly root in the same world. Anyone anticipating guide through this complex tale with their handheld may be let down. Instead, this six-part series immerses you in the middle of a sinister true tale of police corruption. It’s glad to be back if this is The Wire’s spiritual heir. Without a question.
Based On Non-Fiction Book:
However, this is not fiction, unlike The Wire. It is a tightly focus film based on the book by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton. It is a limited account of the Baltimore Police Department’s extremely corrupt Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF). And how that corruption reflects the larger rot. It’s about how the system in place not only permitted it to occur but also had mechanisms in place to support it. and how law enforcement functions in the Black Lives Matter era. One of the main plot points involves the real-life killing of Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore Police and the ensuing widespread demonstrations.
About The Characters And Show Theme:
Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, the charismatic chief of the GTTF, who is portrayed by Jon Bernthal as a bundle of terrifying, nervous energy, is important. When in Bernthal’s hands, Jenkins is purely charming. He is a compellingly muscular performer who uses charisma as a weapon to make the crime seem like the proper thing to do, with an emphasis on the offensive. Every time they find a prohibited firearm, the macho police officers on the GTTF team become aroused. Although it is typically a conversation show, Reinaldo Marcus Green often confidently directs bursts of muscular movement.
Jenkins is but one component of a complicated puzzle. As the program jumps between perspectives and historical periods from 2003 to 2017. As the scope of an FBI investigation into the police slowly narrows, much of it is presented in flashbacks. The scripts for this program, like The Wire, are dripping with complex police and legal jargon that won’t always be clear. Nevertheless, Simon and his team have faith in their viewers, and that faith is gradually and gratifyingly repaid.
However, Even though We Own This City is The Wire’s alleged spiritual successor. It is nevertheless a completely different show. We Own This City, in contrast to The Wire, is a scathing, succinct jab at America’s most serious social problems. However, a devastating condemnation of the unchangeable and those who support the flawed system.