Movie Review – Akilla’s Escape (2021)


Achilles escape, 2021.

Directed by Charles Officer.
Starring Saul Williams, Thamela Mpumlwana, Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast, Ronnie Rowe, Oluniké Adeliyi, Shomari Downer, Colm Feore, Bruce Ramsay, Vic Mensa, Theresa Tova, Brandon Oakes, Cassius Crieghtney, Pedro Miguel Arce, Victor Gomez, David Keele Tony Nappo, Jennifer Podemski, Sagine Sémajuste, John Tokatlidis, Richard Walters and Carlisle J. Williams.



In a crime report about an urban soldier, Akilla Brown captures a fifteen-year-old Jamaican boy as a result of an armed robbery. During one exhausting night, Akilla faces a generation of violence she thought she was fleeing.


In Achilles escape, has focused efforts to avoid the glorification of current drugs. Even those characters who want to stay on the field and legalize themselves (taking advantage of legalizing marijuana in Toronto) as a real business are exhausted from the world, suggesting that it’s probably not the life they’ve chosen or the one they still want. It’s about what they know and the only life they understand. For Achilles himself (poet and actor Saul Williams, who does a tremendous job of conveying peace and courage to do the right thing when the events of one night recall a traumatized and turbulent past), it is not worth staying in the inevitable intervention of the government. While it’s always awkward to move around in politics, politics has always had a hand in directing Aki to the wrong circles because we’re given some background information about Jamaica, which fills some gaps.

Some of his distillery colleagues treat him kindly and to some extent respectfully. At the same time, taller people tend to be demeaning, and at worst, there is no remorse for using racial epithets as an insult. In that sense, it makes sense for him to reach some turning point when a group of teenage gangsters try to steal from a distillery and one of his ruthless cohorts murders. When the rest escape, Sheppard gets lost behind and gets stuck in a situation of a good distributor / bad dealer where Aki doesn’t face physical torture.


When Aki decides what to do with the boy, he also deepens his head. We are witnessing setbacks to a rough childhood that saw him do everything by studying how to handle remittances and protect his mother from violent outbursts at the hands of his father. The change in film poetry, author and director Charles Officer (alongside Wendy Motion Brathwaite) is in the role of the impressively talented and newcomer Thamela Mpumlwana in both Sheppard and a similar version of Akilla. It is also done subtly and with nuances as Thamela Mpumlwana effectively digs for characters to find a range of differences between the apparent parallels.

Naturally, there is a crime thriller when Sheppard’s crew now perceives him as responsible and hunts him down; the rest of the Akilla group wants revenge, so the title escape part. Then comes the question of what is even considered a successful escape, and is it even possible for these characters bred to gang violence to find greener pastures? Even the circumstances that push 15-year-old Sheppard into crime are reminiscent of Akilla when a boy lives with his caring aunt (protective and harsh Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast) after her mother’s tragic death.


Achilles escape is undoubtedly dull, suggesting that these characters are all the same, through oppression and violence, connected to a quiet, almost meditative tone, atmospheric lighting, and restrained performances. The balance between past and present insurers in both Akilla and Sheppard is worth investing as much as it means escaping this life.

Flickering myth rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★

Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Critics Choice Association. He is also a reporter for flickering myth reviews. Check here For new reviews, follow mine Twitter or Letterboxdor send an email to [email protected]

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