(Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, La La Anthony, Quinton Aaron, Bokeem Woodbine, et al / DVD / R / (2013) 2016 / LGF)
Overview: Tim Brown is a devoted family man who has worked hard to provide a good life for his wife Shenae and daughter Maya. But all is threatened when Shenae's old boyfriend returns from prison and lures her back into a dangerous lifestyle. Though his wife has abandoned him, Tim refuses to give up hope, fighting against impossible odds to bring his family back together in this powerful drama.
DVD Verdict: Based, in large in part, on the director's (Tommy Oliver) growing up with a mother who was addicted to crack, '1982' is as a compelling work of cinematic drama that I have seen in, well, the past decade, at the very least. Ergo, '1982' takes a more intimate approach at telling the story of the very beginnings of the crack epidemic, focusing on a small, working class family that was literally torn apart and yet never fully dismantled because of the relentless, selfless, valiant efforts of Tim Brown (Hill Harper) - a man who would not allow the drug, or the conduits of that drug, to take away from him all that he truly loved and cherished.
Embroiled unto this mess was also his beautiful wife Shanae (Sharon Leal), his very precocious daughter, Maya (Troi Zee) and even his very own small business dreams. As you follow their collective journey '1982' both addresses and demonstrates how we can best share those lessons with children, in a meaningful way that does not belittle their feelings or disregard their own unique insight and perspectives on such intense, life-changing situations.
Indeed, the film provides a lens from which to view the micro dynamics of a macro level problem and clearly communicates our collective role, as members of a society - as members of a family - in the emergence and pervasiveness of the substance abuse. More importantly, '1982' offers strong messages about the efficacy of hope and the power of love – ingredients combined to form the ultimate sacrifice and salvation therein. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Feature Commentary with Tommy Oliver and Hill Harper
On-Set 1982 Freestyle Rap