O.J.: Made In America (2016) Review


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Oh, the glove, the infamous glove!

After watching this film, I understand why it won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. For those of you are not familiar with the O.J. Simpson murder, here’s a comical, animated, re-enactment created by the T.V. show Family Guy

The murder of course is no laughing matter. Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ron Goldman  were murder a year before I was born, so I was not present to experience “The Trial of the Century.” I have seen various films about O.J. Simpson, the murder and the trial; however, out of all the films I have seen, this documentary tops them all. If you only see one film about O.J. Simpson, I urge to see this one. It is divided into multiple parts and it will take you and entire day to watch the whole documentary but it is VERY informative.

For some time, I have become obsessed with the O.J. Simpson case. An American legend turned tragedy. All the evidence points to Simpson but because of the hostile social climate in California, he was acquitted. Reasons behind his acquitted is summarized perfectly by a juror in the case that said, “we looked after our own.” That juror is an African-American woman that believed Simpson was not guilty. California in the 1900s is define as a prominent decade of police brutality against the African-American community. I read various books about the matter and seen dozens of films. The experience is complete heartbreaking. Stories of innocent, weaponless, African-American women being shot and killed in front of their young children, police breaking into homes and wreaking the entire place and leaving citizens completely homeless, and most infamous of all is Rodney King’s.

The Rodney King incident was the biggest reason behind Simpson acquittal. Multiple white LAPD officers accused of beating African-American taxi driver, Rodney King, were acquitted and this ignited the 1992 Los Angeles riots, a massive civil disturbance, caused by enraged African-Americans. I watch witness the incident unfolding in the documentary, I could understand and sympathize with the African-American community that day, as I too became a victim of police racial prejudice. It is understandable that the African-American felt the need to look after people from their own race; however, the documentary explains that O.J. Simpson did NOT associate himself with the African-American community. Simpson was able to break the ceiling for African-Americans in sports. He was widely accepted by the white community because of his charismatic personality. It is an amazing concept to be seen as an equal if not, as a hero. But with this kind of power, Simpson rejected the African-American community. He refuse to participate in the long list of athletes that refuse the neglect felts by African-Americans.

Ultimately, what the film does is tell the WHOLE life story of O.J Simpson, and that is what I love about this documentary.  From growing up in the projects of San Francisco, his raise of fame, to his complete down fall. It the audience know who exactly is this man, O.J. Simpson and how it lead him to commit this heinous crime.

I finally placed all the pieces of this story together and I now understand that he did this believing he would get away with it because he has his entire life. As a charismatic, entitled football player, he was able to obtain anything he wanted his entire life, including getting away with murder.


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