The Netflix original movie “American Son” is a powerful movie displaying different viewpoints on how a black man should react when he is approached by a police officer. The movie is based on the acclaimed broadway stage play “American Son".
The movie is very interesting, however I was a little disappointed in the ending. “American Son” was set in a Florida police station. Kendra Ellis-Connor, who is played by Kerry Washington, is on a search for her son Jamal Connor who did not return home after a night out with his friends. She was unable to get any answers from the police officer Paul Larkin (Jeremy Jordan) until her husband and FBI agent Scott Connor (Steven Pasquale) arrived on the scene. Officer Larkin was the first to give his perspective on the situation as a white police officer.
The separated couple revealed the dynamic of their relationship through dialogue, also revealing two different perspectives on the situation with their son. Lieutenant John Stokes (Eugene Lee) arrived to the station to not only give his perspective but to also reveal what really happened to Jamal Connor.
In closing, I do recommend people to watch this movie. It opens up conversation about police interactions with African American men. It also unfolds the different viewpoints on police brutality.