Director: Spike Lee
Writers: Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz
Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier
An African American police officer manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan. A Jewish colleague helps him with this case by going undercover. This movie is based on actual events.
Ron Stallworth, black or white?
Ron Stallworth is played by John David Washington. At first, he is trying to join the force as a “black” man. He is doing his best to prove himself worthy. One day he makes a call with someone of the KKK. The clan quickly wants to meet up with him after the conversation.
Obviously, Ron cannot meet them in person because of his skin color. That is why his friend “Filip Zimmerman” (Adam Driver) is going to take on this role. During this entire operation, there are 2 Ron’s. One his behind every telephone call and the other one is on the field. Together they team up to take down the KKK.
Having a black man to join the clan is genius! John David Washington does a great job being a smart ass!
War against race
The most important topic here is “racism.” A group of white extremists is preparing for a “war” against the Black Power movement. They plan on attacking their pioneers. The events of Martin Luther King was already hard to accept for them. Thus they feel threated by having newcomers stand up for their rights. Ron and his team are doing everything to prevent that from happening.
The source of the hatred comes from many places. Some were raised by their parents to hate. Others are just ignorant and believe that white skin color is superior.
The conversations with David Duke (Topher Grace) were the best parts for me. He was making racist remarks while being unaware of the man on the other side is an afro-American. His ignorance was laughable. The craziest part is that Ron succeeds in getting a membership card through these phone calls.
This really happened!
It is crazy that these are based on real events. Ron must have had some severe balls of steel for pulling this off.
I give this movie a rating of 8/10.