Monster (Netflix)

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On Netflix: May 7, 2021

Drama


Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), a 17-year-old honor student from Harlem and aspiring filmmaker, is living his best life. He gets good grades in school, has a loving family and also a beautiful and supportive girlfriend. He spends his days exploring the streets of Harlem, taking street level photos and on-the-fly footage with people in his community.

However, his world is turned upside down when he unfortunately gets caught in the middle of a robbery in a bodega that results in a murder, with law enforcement assuming him to be an accomplice. Now standing trial for acting as a lookout during the lethal armed robbery, Steve is seen as just another young black criminal, painted as a felon, a thug, and a monster. Possibly facing a lifetime sentence, Steve now enters a complex legal battle, and despite the odds, fights for his freedom against the system that failed him in the first place.

Based on the award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers.

Director: Anthony Mandler
Studio: Netflix
Producer(s): Aaron L. Gilbert, Edward Tyler Nahem, Mike Jackson, Nikki Silver, Tonya Lewis Lee
Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson, Nasir 'Nas' Jones, A$AP Rocky, Paul Ben-Victor, John David Washington, Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright
Writer(s): Radha Blank, Cole Wiley, Janece Shaffer
Official Site: netflix.com/title/81121351

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