**1/2 out of ****
(for strong language, some sexuality)
Released: February 8, 2019, on Netflix
Runtime: 90 minutes
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Andre Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Bill Duke, Jeryl Prescott, Sonja Sohn, Kyle MacLachlan, Zachary Quinto
My review of High Flying Bird, for The Tulsa Voice. The latest film from director Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, the Ocean‘s trilogy) and shot entirely on an iPhone, it’s the Academy Award winner’s first feature to play exclusively on Netflix.
Set in the sports business world during an NBA lockout, High Flying Bird examines the exploitation of black athletes in professional sports.
A review excerpt:
“Dynamics of money, power, and corruption are themes that Soderbergh has explored before—now laced with provocative parallels to real-world corporate racism—but here that mix feels like a familiar formula that Soderbergh autopilots through as he focuses on the (iPhone) tech he’s obsessed with.”
To read my full review, click here.