Review: Blackway

If you have been a victim of rape, domestic violence or/and stalking or if you are sensitive to those type of stories, please be warned that this movie, Blackway, might be a major trigger. This movie is very dark and extremely violent. Some of this violence is aimed towards young children and animals.

A young woman, Lilian, walks into a police station shaking to report an assault followed by stalking, by an ex-cop turned violent crime lord. Her story is questioned, her reasons for coming forward also questioned, it is clear that the local sheriff doesn’t believe her or doesn’t want to be bothered by her problem. He’s being very dismissive. He hints that she exaggerating the entire situation. She is told that there is nothing they can do and move back to wherever she is originally from. He assures her she’d be happier this way. This is a reality that so many women have encountered.

When her truck is trashed and her cat is killed by the man in question she seeks out a man who she was told could help her. She doesn’t find him. She is told by a group of old white men to buy a new cat and move to another town and forget all about her troubles.

Lilian refuses to do so, saying that this is her home and that she shouldn’t be the one to relocate. No one is willing to help her.

“What is wrong with you people?! I grew up here. I own property. I put a lot of work into it. I will be damned if I let some asswhole run me out of town.”

One older man, a retired logger, volunteers to help and he is immediately told he shouldn’t get involved.

“This isn’t your fight. You didn’t go asking for this.” “Neither did she.” “It would be better for eveyrone involved if she just left town.”

It’s just easier to get rid of the victim than bringing a real criminal to justice.

The movie that had captured my interested in the beginning, started to wave as the story developed.

I was a little annoyed that the only minorities (native and black) shown in the movie are the construction workers who are all involved in some way or another with this crime boss. The only one who speaks up is the only white man in the field.

The men are numerous and the women are sparse in this movie. The little women who do appear on screen, have little to no lines and are only there to play the role of wife or daughter to the man currently talking.

As they look for the evil crime lord. Lilian is advised to move, to simply give this man what he wants and hope for the best.

She doesn’t say a word when confronted by a disgusted sexist guy in the bar. She is rescued by her male friend who fights for her honor. Even when her friend is threatened with a knife, she just cowers in a corner.  What happened to the woman who wasn’t going to let an ass-hole run her out of town. Where is the fire? Where is the fight?

I was pleased when I heard the quote below. At least the script doesn’t blame the entire situation on the victim and admits that the problem is the criminal and no one else.

“It doesn’t matter what you did. Blacklist is just a piece of shit.”

In conclusion, it isn’t the worst movie I’ve seen, but also far from the best. It had the possibility of being a much more powerful movie, but it fell short. The story was too simplified to truly appeal to the type of audience it was aiming for.


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