Reviewed byzinou-95849Vote: 3/10/10
I grew up in Cole Harbour. The racial tension that exists or hasexisted at Cole Harbour High(school this is based on) between whitekids from Eastern Passage and black kids from North Preston is verywell known here. I'm old enough to have witnessed a time when racismwas pretty overt everywhere and I certainly remember the "race riot"and subsequent other racial incidents that broke out at Cole HarbourHigh. Although I wasn't personally involved.
Now I totally understand and forgive the film for having to be adaptedto modern day for budgetary reasons. However I cannot give the film thepraise I would like to. Little X definitely does a good job directing.The acting is average to sub par at best, although I do give a specialnod to Shamier Anderson and Jeremiah Sparks for bringing some sense ofauthenticity to the cast. The biggest issue I have is with the script.
It just doesn't depict race relations in a way that resembles reality.It lacks depth and nuance which is apparent to anyone with any realexperience living here. I don't need to spoil the story to say that thewhite characters are portrayed as very one dimensional and it depictsblack characters as reacting to, or on the defense to white racism.This just isn't the way it really was. Black students involved were notvictims at all, but instead equal participants/antagonists to thefoolishness. The filmmakers did make some effort as to not come off astotally biased but in the end it fails. Sadly.
A young, black NHL hopeful living in a racially divided Nova Scotian community finds his career prospects in jeopardy when tensions in his community come to a head.