One Eight Seven


Action / Drama / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 30%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 19604


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Samuel L. Jackson as Trevor Garfield
John Heard as Dave Childress
Clifton Collins Jr. as Cesar Sanchez
Method Man as Dennis Broadway
864.92 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 59 min
P/S 1 / 16

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU 10 / 10

When education means death

Enjoy the trip into the ugliness of a godless world entirely dedicated to the paycheck and the health coverage, in one word, the world in which there are no trump cards anymore, where the pawns you are have the obligation to navigate on a chessboard that has lost its white and black squares. We are living in a de-structured world and we believe life is a miracle in a universe of violence and death. The real miracle is that we are still here to watch such films because their logic is that the world should have been terminated long ago by its own intestine melt-down.

The film is not about the school system nor the teaching profession; It is about human relations and empathy or antagonism in a mixed community, and a high school is the acme of such a mixed environment. The teachers are just pawns on the chessboard of educational politics and eventually policies. The school system is managed by people who have been teachers less and less and are politicians more and more.

To bring together in New York City or in Los Angeles half a dozen or more ethnic groups, religions and other diversity like sexual orientation is like a daily miracle that can never find its balance, its equilibrium, its perfection. Do not believe it is the fact of all the students. It only takes one to three to transform a class and even a school into a real hell for students, teachers and everyone else. And what's more, they double up their systematic aggressive disruption with the menace of civil lawsuits for the negation of or infringement on their civil rights of any sorts. The film only shows boys in that bullying disruptive game, but do not believe girls are different. They just use different tools and attitudes and particularly their sex appeal as a disruptive commerce on their skin.

Here a black teacher is left for dead, but he will survive, in a New York City school due to an aggression from a transferred delinquent from another school to this particular school. He moves to California and Los Angeles and becomes a substitute teacher for the greater part of a year. But the same situation and conflict will develop and it becomes a real open war between that teacher and the band of delinquent students who want to destroy him from the start. They are of Latino origin but hate the Blacks, the Chicanos, and the whites alike. If there were some Asians, they would hate them too.

What can a teacher do in such a situation?

Not much and the film shows there is no end but death. It is reduced at the end to the confrontation of the said teacher, Trevor Garfield, with one Latino student who has decided to come with two acolytes and shoot the teacher, but they have to show off to appear like manly masculine men, that they are not in fact. In that final scene the teacher will manage to challenge the boy in his masculinity and strangely enough, he will win.

But there is something wrong in this situation. It exposes the ugliness of politicized high school management, and yet the eulogy to this teacher will be delivered by the Chicana girl he had helped because she was appointed Valedictorian speaker for graduation day. But we do not know who took the decision, and if it is a victory for the teachers or the students over the over-politicized management of the school. It implies there was somewhere some kind of a possible negotiating in-between body that could and should have filtered the conflict to solve it before its final and lethal end. That's what is missing in this film. The teacher is alone in front of openly criminal, aggressive and provocative individuals that could and should be isolated and negotiated officially by some neutral group in the school. The film shows racism and sexism as being absolutely unavoidable, impossible to mediate or moderate. And that is not true.


Reviewed by sddavis63 5 / 10

A Variation On The Usual Formula And A Portrayal Of A Pyrhhic Vctory

The very last scenes of this movie deal a lot with the subject of a "pyrrhic victory." And that's a very appropriate bit of reflection, because this movie does present what seems to me to be a classic "pyrhhic victory" - where the battle is won, but at an outrageous and unjustifiable cost.

When this started I was expecting it to be a pretty formulaic type of movie - following what in some ways has become a very tired formula. How many stories have their been about the dedicated teacher who goes into a troubled school full of seemingly hopeless kids and manages somehow to turn everything around. I can date the formula back as far as the 1960's with "To Sir With Love." There may well be earlier examples; that's just the earliest example I can think of. Here, the teacher is Trevor Garfield, played by Samuel L. Jackson. As the movie opens, Garfield is teaching at a troubled school in Brooklyn, and ends up getting knifed by a student he was going to fail. Surviving that attack, he moves to Los Angeles and becomes a substitute teacher, whose assignment is at an even more violent high school, where of course he becomes their target. The formula seems to be working its way out through the character of Rita, whom Garfield begins to tutor and who become more and more confident as a result. So far - nothing especially shocking or original. You figure you know how this is going to end. Except that it doesn't end that way. It ends with a classic "pyrhhic victory." Garfield, indeed, motivates Rita (who ends up addressing the graduating class on the subject of - guess what - pyrhhic victories. But the cost involved with motivating her is huge - Garfield first loses his soul in a way, descending to the level of his troubled, violent students, and then eventually loses his life. In the end, unlike most teachers in this kind of movie, Garfield isn't a figure you either sympathize with or admire.

So, it's different from most of these kinds of movies. That spark of originality - which, once it began, threw me - is worth some credit to Scott Yagemann, a former Los Angeles high school teacher who wrote the script. But that spark of originality (that variation from the formula) didn't save this movie for me. It was OK, but nothing more than that. One thing that threw me was that it suffered from what most "high school" movies suffer from - actors who just look too old for the part. These just didn't look like high school kids to me. Take Rita, for example. She was played by an actress named Karina Arroyave - who would have been in her mid-late 20's when this was made. That's the same age range as Clifton Collins, who played Cesar - one of the main protagonists among the male students. I realize that they couldn't very well use high school age actors and actresses - Arroyave has a nude scene - but it took away a bit from the realism of the story. As, by the way, did that nude scene. Not so much that it happened. I could understand a suspicious Rita assuming that since Garfield had invited her to his home for tutoring, what he really wanted was something else. It just, to me, didn't make sense that Garfield would be naive enough to invite a female student to his home.

If Scott Yagemann based this at all on his own experiences as a teacher, then it's certainly a grim picture of life in inner city LA schools - and the closing captions presented a sobering picture of the problem of student violence against teachers. Still, though, I didn't find it an especially great movie - although it did capture perfectly the essence of the "pyrhhic victory." (5/10)

Reviewed by William Tremblay 8 / 10

Great movie, what a ride!

Not only by the fact that this was a great movie but also by the fact that I somehow never heard of it for almost 20 years! I consider myself a movie collector and I love sam L Jackson and love gang related movies. (Blood in blood out, boysndahood...) When I saw this movie at the video club I bought it for eight bucks without even knowing what it was. What a surprise. My first impression was that the cinematography was beautiful and the acting was great. Then after a while I felt like it was a bit more concentrated on the teacher side of the story and not enough on the students whom were made to look like evil people who are bad 24 seven.Spoilers: Then the whole finger cutting scene and the Dead body found in the river scene came and I was like:' WoW!' For a bit there I thought that the white teacher would turn out to be the killer and I was like 'oh no don't bring me that twist, that's going to be disappointing' And they didn't! Superb movie! 8/10

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