Sundance 2022: “892”

© Chris Witt

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Army Veterans are being mistreated and disrespected not only in the United States but around the world. The system is rigged and there is nobody who is willing to fix it. Some desperate veterans end up homeless or fight back. But the system is built in such a way, once you go against it – you’re most likely done.

“892” is a true and sad story about the US Marine Brian Easley, who, after missing a paycheck from the VA (The Department of Veteran Affairs) office, walks into the Atlanta Wells Fargo Bank demanding the missing amount to be paid. Asking for no additional money, the desperate man calls the local news station and reveals to them his story. However, whatever he does, he remains composed, polite and respectful towards the hostages, ensuring they believe him when he says he won’t harm them.

Since it’s based on a true story, the film delivers a nail-biting story that shows how far a desperate war veteran can go when he or she no longer can tolerate abuse from the government. When we meet Brian, he is soft-spoken, as he speaks with his daughter over the phone. There is no indication that this man can cause harm to anyone. The next day, when he walks into the Wells Fargo Bank, it’s the moment that changes everything, turning it into chaos.

Performed by the British-Nigerian actor John Boyega, the late Michael K. Williams, Nicole Beharie, Selenis Levya, and Connie Britton, and directed by Abi Damaris Corbin, “892” is a timely made film to show once again – the system we live in is not only far from being perfect, it’s likely to stay that way as long as the people like Brian Easley are out there to take a punch. What the system forgets about is that some people do get fed up and don’t want to end up homeless, therefore, desperate measures might be taken. And that there is no need to test anyone’s patience if everything could be done right from the beginning.

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