Rosewood | Chicago Reader

Rosewood

Ving Rhames plays Mann, a rootless veteran who happens to hit town the day a rumor spreads that a black convict has escaped from a nearby prison, in this 1997 melodrama based on a real-life massacre in the predominantly black Florida town of Rosewood. Larger than life, Mann is emotionally inaccessible—we're not entirely sure he's who he says he is—and the motivation of most of the black characters is one-note, ultimately preventing the story from providing much perspective on the devastating piece of history it exploits. Directed by John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood).

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