Black Cloud

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  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 5.7  (545)

Black Cloud is an independent film released in 2004 that focuses on the story of a Native American boxer named Black Cloud, portrayed by Eddie Spears. Directed by Rick Schroeder, the film explores the cultural identity of Native Americans and their struggle to fit in modern society. The film depicts the story of Black Cloud, a young and talented boxer who lives on a reservation in New Mexico. Raised by his traditionalist grandfather, played by Russell Means, Black Cloud struggles to come to terms with his own identity in a modern society. He is haunted by the tragic death of his father, who was killed by a drunken driver when Black Cloud was a child.

The film opens with Black Cloud fighting in his reservation against an inexperienced opponent. He easily defeats his opponent but refuses to celebrate his victory with his friends and family. The result of this opening fight leads him to meet the unscrupulous promoter played by Tim McGraw marking Black Cloud's first experience with the business side of boxing. The promoter introduces him to the wider world and provides him with opportunities to fight outside the reservation.

Despite the initial excitement, Black Cloud struggles with balancing his dreams of becoming a professional boxer with his responsibility to his community. He is forced to confront his own self-esteem, identity, and the complex relationship between his cultural heritage and the demands of a modern society.

As Black Cloud progresses, the story becomes more complicated with a love triangle between Black Cloud and his two love interests, Lucy, played by Julia Jones, a school teacher, and Sammi, played by Nathaniel Arcand, a childhood friend.

Throughout the film, the issues of identity, pride, strength, boxing, loyalty, and betrayal intertwine and create a web of conflicts that need to be resolved by Black Cloud himself. The characterization of the different characters is exceptionally well-done, with each person adding something crucial to the narrative. Besides the main protagonists, other characters - such as Black Cloud's grandfather and the promoter - enhance the complexity of the story.

One of the most striking aspects of the film is the cinematography. The filmmakers have adeptly captured the beauty of the desert landscape and the stark contrast between modern facilities and traditional culture. Additionally, the scenes inside the reservation show the living conditions of the people and the influence of the supernatural on everyday life.

Overall, Black Cloud offers a poignant reflection on the complexities surrounding the lives of Native Americans in modern-day society. The film serves as a reminder of the unique cultural heritage that must be preserved even as individuals seek to succeed on a personal level. It is a thought-provoking, emotional journey that showcases the talent of the cast and the filmmakers. The film addresses issues that still matter today and is a must-watch for anyone interested in Indigenous cultures, boxing, or human nature in general.

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    5.7  (545)