F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton topped the box office this weekend with a massive $56.1 million opening. However, that’s no thanks to members of the Los Angeles Police Department, who openly protested against the film’s release.
In an interview with TMZ, Police Protective League leader Dennis Zine said the movie portrays cops as “beating machines.” He added, “It’s a terrible time to release a movie like this. It adds fuel to the fire for hating cops.”
Other police officers told TMZ that they believe Universal “is putting profits above the safety of the officers who make L.A. safe.”
In his review, Collin Brennan said one of the film’s greatest strengths “lies in its unflinching brand of social commentary,” adding:
“Gray sticks his camera right in the faces of racist LAPD officers, and it’s at these moments when his film feels most relevant and least reverential. Police brutality has been an omnipresent issue since Michael Brown was killed a year ago, and the Black Lives Matter movement has helped to shine a light on the systemic injustices facing young black people across America. Watching scenes in which the N.W.A. crew is repeatedly abused and harassed by cops, one can’t help but draw a connection between then and now. ‘Fuck tha Police’ remains a powerful song, and Gray does an admirable job of shining a light on its still-relevant source material.”
Read his full review of the film here.