"Amateur"

The film has odes to "O" and "He Got Game" yet established its way with the instant gratification of social media and youth of today. Terron (Michael Rainey Jr.) is a talented basketball player scouted before he enters high school and sent to a prep school for what is believed to be a better future. Terron is skyrocketed to a life of access, debauchery and competition met with foes, fake friends, naïveté and open eyes. 

Michael Rainey Jr. delivers a great performance, nearly stellar for the circumstances beyond his teenage years he enters in. Sharon Leal plays Nia, Terron's mother, a kind, meek and protector of her son. Brian White plays Vince, balancing the attitude of a money hungry father and holding his son's best interest in mind in a selfish yet compassionate manner. Josh Charles also delivers a great performance as the Coach at the prep school, a welcomed departure for his character is a conniving, sweet talker. Walter Anaruk, Corey Parker Robinson, Curtis Cook Jr., James Siakam and Stefan Frank complete a strong supporting cast. 

Director & Writer Ryan Koo brings a sharp story. The writing makes you have to pay attention for there is something going on that can be missed. He makes use of the nighttime to add to the darkness of most parts of the film. The action of the basketball games give the audience into the player's minds, the sidelines and the crowds. 

You can watch this film on Netflix.