LA 92 (2017)

(Last Updated On: June 7, 2020)

LA 92

Title: LA 92

Year: 2017

Genre:  Documentary | Historic|

Runtime:  114  min

Directors:  Daniel Lindsay, T.J Martin

Starring:  Henry Alfaro, Danny Bakewell, John D. Barnett

imdb 8,2/10





Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, filmmakers examine that tumultuous period through rarely seen archival footage.


Whenever something happens, it can easily escalate. Something bad happens, it can quickly escalate and spread worldwide. It is a problem that keeps happening. History set to repeat itself. With the 2017s documentary LA 92, it showcases with a distinct style that there is a solid problem with racism.

At least in the United States.  The documentary itself depicts what happened back in 1992, with an intimate style of storytelling. There is no narration that explains but instead, we’ve come short text that explain this further.

The protests and the riot that broke out showcases that the police brutally beat a black guy on the road. The documentary, in this case, show both side of the incident. Both the black community that solidifies and were against this problem but also the police who were honestly on how they dealt with that.

With talking heads and explicit materials that explore what happened in august 1992, it shows also how the society back then handle this situation. As it got very out of control, it also designated on how this sensitive problem tends to go as the government will not do it over time.

The documentary itself does not go deep. It shows what happens and shares opinions about this accident.  It does not show either how it affects Los Angeles or even if it got better. If it was reformed after this. That there was a necessary change. Even with a runtime on almost two hours, it shows a pale covering on what happened that day.

The film itself showcases to be very simple, even if its told from a different angle. It doesn’t have a clear voice even if it’s provocative and infective with all this archives materiel, that’s explicit. It shows a raw truth for sure but the depth on this problem could go deeper from the management and directing of Daniel Lindsay and T.J Martin.

Once in a while during as the film progress, it not so clear what the goal of the film is. It distinct told from an anonymous voice which this kind of film would be needed. Theres a initial lack of depth and rhythm in the editing that’s failing the storytelling. Most of the documentary is good but genuine storytelling is not waht’s could be find here. It doesn’t really then matter what the problem it showcases is. It’s a lazy storytelling technique that they shouldn’t have proceeded with.

This film deserves all the praise it has got but it could definitely do more to keep the interest all the way. This is also a documentary free to watch on Youtube.




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