‘The Obituary of Tunde Johnson’ Combines Black Lives Matter Themes with the Evolving Time Loop Genre

‘The Obituary of Tunde Johnson’ Combines Black Lives Matter Themes with the Evolving Time Loop Genre
Photo: ‘The Obituary of Tunde Johnson'/Wolfe Releasing Diabolus Ex Machina Ali LeRoi’s ‘The Obituary of Tunde Johnson’ has a tightrope walk of a premise. Tunde, a gay African American teenager, is trapped in a time loop that always ends with him dying at the hands of the police. It’s a tricky balance, combining this popcorn movie conceit with a serious social issue, but the film mostly pulls it off. It’s anchored by a strong performance from Steven Silver, an up-and-coming actor from Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’. As Tunde, Silver commits entirely as the narrative moves from high school soap opera to forbidden love story to coming-out drama to police brutality suspense to sci-fi mystery. At times, it feels like the film has bitten off more than it can chew, but in its best moments it has the idiosyncratic genre-hopping charm of ‘Donnie Darko’. Related article: Watch:
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