For the longest time, getting important messages to the masses was damn near impossible. You had your family, friends and community to inform or be informed. As time marched on we had art and literature. Newspapers that went from local, to national. Today we have the online world and easy access to everything a filmmaker needs - to get a certain message across. From thirty second stingers to feature length movies - never has there been a better time to thrust a message into the world. Especially like the one in "Wrong Guy" that definitely needs repeating.
Chris Carter has one such message. It's not a new one, but it's one that should continue to remain in the public eye until something, anything is finally done about the issue. It's a message that just keeps coming, yet still shows no signs of stopping. So what's a person to do? The answer? The best you can and in this case, Carter has taken the reins in a gritty, yet haunting way. We're talking about the Police baby. Are you surprised?
"Wrong Guy" is pretty much summed up by the title. Based on a true event, it tells the story of a special needs counselor and his client arriving for some fun at a public park. No different from the one you take your kids on a sunny day, or just visit to relax. Parents and their children playing, enjoying the day and that's it. Here however, an officer gets a report and sees the autistic teenager and his counselor... and jumps the gun thinking he's spotted his suspects. Literally. I'm not going to spoil exactly what happens because frankly - I'd rather you watch it yourself. "Wrong Guy" paints a powerful picture despite some technical flaws. It's haunting... and it's real. Make no mistake reader. This is a work of non-fiction.
I'm not going to get into a technical rant with this film. It's a guerrilla film so don't expect a super slick picture or polished audio. Plus, it's under five minutes. Just long enough to tell it's story and get the hell out. With that said, it is one hundred percent watchable and may even trigger your gag reflex - in the way it was meant to. Plus, the raw grit of the film adds to the message being sent. This isn't a rounded corners kind of story or message. It's rugged.
"Wrong Guy" tells a story most of us are familiar with - some more than others, but that's another rant for another time. The cast all help paint that dreary picture of what's really wrong with the world. Or at the very least, that those who uphold the law need a lot more training. It's fast, it's sad, and worth the screen time. Again and again until we all finally get it. A solid three out of four stars.