For an action that would be rationally considered not exactly his fault, Mike tan, in the movie A Shot through the wall, is indicted. Set in the modern day Newyork, this movie would be the beginning of a tragedy that leaves a lasting pain on the parties attracted to the unfortunate circumstance.
Together with his partner Ryan, he accosted a young black-American and this acclaimed duty cost the boy his life. Mike Tan(Kenny Leu), shot him through the wall of his mother’s building.
While facing the trial of his crime, there were certain challenges which was just “new every morning”. He literally woke up to either a fresh guilt or a compounded one.
On one side is a girlfriend who proved supportive and on the other side is his family, with unapologetic sentiments regards the issue, as it unfolds.
Subtle comic acts were introduced by Mike’s mum, May Tan(Fiona Fu) especially as it related to food in the movie. This mood didn’t catch any grip at all because, the reality of the tragedy intensified.
A case about race!
By all indications, the indictment was solidly fanned by the media from the angle of racism and politics and this is what was attempted to be maneuvered through certain media steps.
The aim of this public show was to alleviate Mike of the tag “racist”. After all, he’s got a black girlfriend.
Love, as usual, finds its way to penetrate issues. How patient and loving can it get during a really trying time?
Love answers this through the bond shared by Candace(Ciara Renée) and her man, the indicted one. Unfortunately, this love brings alongside its own pains too.
Deeper than the engraved words by a stalker, on the walls of his mother’s house – “Racist”, “Murderer”, is the gravity of his alleged offense.
It becomes obvious at some point that something needs to be done to erase this new given, unpleasant title.
Betrayal from unexpected quarters
In sincerity, it was so much hurt coming from someone who affirmed that Mike’s act was an accident. In fact, in his moments of doubt, this co-cop, Ryan(Derek Goh) was his encouragement.
What could have gone wrong? This question remains a puzzle in the ears of everyone who listened to his testimony and his shabby defense of it.
The outcome of this movie brings reality to the fore. It’s just easy to throw judgements around. Especially when you’re not at any of the recieving sides.
It’s about 100% easy to lay accusations when the truth of a story has a lot of concerns. It’s unfortunate but realistic to accept that anyone could pull the trigger —white or black!
Sometimes, a thorough observation of the individual involved in a particular mess should be made and benefits of the doubt given, for sake of humanity, coincidence and the fact that it could be anyone battling that exact happenstance.
Now that Mike’s dead, new pains given, an extra son lost, justice on one side, served, it’s best to note the possible futility of a course and the fact that at the whim of a second, the tide could get worse and everyone involved, in more pains.
In a certain review, someone says “this movie genuinely confronts the pain of its premise”.
Sadly, it is safe to say that Mike Tan was a victim of his own undoing. One could have thought that for the sake of the current situation, he would we wary of possessing arms.
But he went right ahead, against what his family expects of him, to illegally purchase a gun. In a bid to get rid of it, he’s jammed and shot in the process.
There’d surely be many views to the circumstances in this movie.
For emphasis, however, firearms are not to be used indiscriminately. Not by cops, not by random individuals and definitely not by any particular race. This is because, it is the age of justice and walls(of any tribe and color) can absolutely be penetrated.
- Release date: 21 January 2022
- Director: Aimee Long
- Editor: Ian Blume
- Production design: Rocio Gimenez
- Studio: Vertical Entertainment
- Genre: Thriller
- Movie & Image Copyright: © 2022 Kings Road Pictures Project 801, LLC