On the fourth. In April 1991, a group of four people took dozens of customers and employees hostage at the Good Guys! electronics store in Sacramento, California, making it the largest hostage-rescue operation in American history. In 2020, a new film, A Clear Shot, directed by screenwriter Nick Lewis, looks back on that fateful day and looks at the sequence of events that led to the crisis and its terrifying end, which ended much worse than both sides had hoped.
Actor and director Mario Van Peebles plays Rick Gomez, the hostage responsible for the peaceful resolution of the crisis. His son, Mandela Van Peebles, is also known as Sean, the Good guys shopkeeper, who hopes to survive the night. Both are doing very well here, but one thing I want to say about young Mandela is that he is the basic definition of the old block ship. It is perhaps better that two Peebles never have the same screen because their characters are not related, but the audience would practically see a mirror image if the two were shown together.
Clear Shot is not only a real source of inspiration, but also distinguishes itself from other films in this genre by shedding more light on the motives of criminals. By means of flashbacks the viewers can form a picture of the situation of the activists before they put their plan into action. It also raises the question of whether both parties seem to want the situation to end with as little bloodshed as possible for at least three of the four kidnappers involved. As tensions on both sides of the world increase in the course of the day, only one thing is needed to make people suffer, which unfortunately happens.
All in all, A Clear Shot seems to be a very accurate representation of the true story of the Good Guys takeover! This includes the same number of aggressors and victims, and the crisis ends in a very similar way. There may be arguments as to whether the negotiator was right in his diplomatic approach to ending the situation or whether the responsible SWAT officers should have intervened sooner. This decision will in any case be taken by the spectators while watching the film.
A clear picture is an interesting watch for those who are fascinated by the real hostage crisis of 1991, or for those who are also interested in films inspired by real events. Very precise and very convincing, I thought it required a lot of my attention from start to finish. You can watch the official trailer of the film below to see if it is of interest to you. The film is available on DVD and in digital format on 2. June at Uncork’d Entertainment Center
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