On the one hand, the trailer for Show Me a Hero looks pretty great: beautifully cinematic, stylish, smart, powerful.
On the other hand, it seems to be another story about a weary white person effecting great racial change through nobility and sticktoitiveness. And it's directed by Paul Haggis, the writer and director of Crash, a movie that can frankly kiss my ass.
But back on that first hand, Show Me a Hero is written by The Wire's David Simon, along with his Wire co-writer William F. Zorzi. And it's certainly timely, arrriving August 16th of a year heavy with racially fraught headlines. I'm not entirely sold here, but I'm intrigued.
Show Me a Hero will debut with six episodes next month on HBO. Read the summary below:
Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.