Crime Drama

TIFF Review: ‘The Hate U Give’

September 16, 2018Sherry Li

From director George Tillman Jr. and based on the novel by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give is an incredibly powerful story about class, racism and the effects of a young black teen's death at the hands of a police officer on a community.

Starr (Amandla Stenberg), whose life is split between two worlds — the rich, mostly white school she attends and the poor, mostly black neighborhood she lives in — finds herself unraveling when her childhood friend Khalil is killed by a police officer. As the only witness, Starr must decide how to proceed, even if it means jeopardizing the careful balance between her two lives.

Also starring K.J. Apa, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Common, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae and Sabrina Carpenter, The Hate U Give is a tearjerker that will resonate with audiences. It is an incredibly insightful film that touches upon so many different aspects and problems, not just related to black identity and police brutality, but also on family, growing up and fitting in.

The Hate U Give makes its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 2 hrs. 12 min.

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