...a vastly...conventional and watchable film, worth taking on its own terms.
As Cecil, Whitaker is mesmerizing. The actor seems to shrink into his imposing frame, summoning a performance of quiet, bottled-up force.
Perhaps Daniels’ real strength is in his risky casting choices.
...solidly crafted, strongly acted, and -- most excitingly -- it shows that Daniels has evolved as a director.