Director Julius Onah took a bit of a critical beating last year with his messy, inert, interconnected side-quel The Cloverfield Paradox, but he seems to have rebounded in a big way with a psychological thriller called Luce. A psychological thriller adapted from an acclaimed play, this movie about a model student who may be hiding a dark secret made its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and has been scooping up strong reviews ever since. Check out the intriguing new trailer below. Read More »
The title character in Luce (played by Kelvin Harrison Jr.) is functional and exceptional on the surface. He’s a star student, a valedictorian high schooler. He is the model of an inspirational American Dream story that many blind optimists love to eat up: a black teen who overcame his trauma as a child soldier in Eritrea and seized and earned every opportunity imaginable. His well-off adoptive Caucasian parents (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) look proudly upon him. The school is investing its hopes in him.
All except for his teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer). Suspicious of an essay he wrote in the point-of-view of a reactionary, Miss Wilson takes it upon herself to search his locker and reveals a bag of firecrackers in a private conference with his mother. Citing Luce’s traumatic past, the teacher sees it as a red flag that Luce is planning violence. Or do the firecrackers really belong to Luce? Luce claims he shares lockers with his sports team, and few shots indicate he isn’t lying about that fact. Was Luce planning something sinister in the first place?
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