Writer-Director Elegance Bratton brings to us a very fresh take on battle-ready warrior films with 'The Inspection'.
Writer-Director Elegance Bratton brings to us a very fresh take on battle-ready warrior films with The Inspection. The movie follows the ordeal of new recruit Ellis French, a wannabe Marine who is young and wild and able and he is also gay, to the discomfort of almost everyone around him. His own mother is homophobic and has kicked French out of their home, leaving him homeless since the age of 16.
The story is inspired by Bratton's own story as a gay man joining the military, The inspection pledges to be a boot-camp survival story. It's on the track to be another LGBTQ classic from A24.
The Inspection premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews. The film releases in Theaters on November 18, 2022.
The inspection focuses on the young Ellis French, who decided to enlist himself in the United States Marine Corps after falling out with his mom. The homeless French thinks that, by joining the military, he'll be able to get back to his mother by proving himself to her. Through his recruitment process, he is sent to a boot camp in South Carolina. He soon meets the requirements and completes the basic training and finds his days filled with tiring tasks and exercises that push him to his mental and physical limits. His time in South Carolina become way more trying than he thought it would. In addition to the work, he also faces bully and is hazed for his sexuality. He is endlessly tormented by the training instructor and a fellow recruit. Despite all the hurdles French finds a community and a sense of belonging even in the toxic surroundings.
Jeremy Pope has been drawing high praise for his stirring portrayal of Ellis French ever since the movie was screened at the 2022 Toronto International Festival. Pope has already been nominated for an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony award for his roles in Ryan Murphy's Netflix series Hollywood and Broadway plays Choir Boy and AIn't Too Proud. Pope will next star as Sammy Davis Jr. in the upcoming movie Scandalous. Gabrielle Union plays Inez, the rigidly religious, homophobic mother of Ellis French who finds it impossible to love her homosexual son. Popularly known for her role in the classic comedy Bring It On. Union will once again prove her range as an actress in The Inspection for which she is also an Executive Producer.
Bokem Woodbine plays the sadistic drill sergeant Laws whose mission is to weed out his recruits. Raúl Castillo plays his second in command Rosales. McCaul Lombardi plays French’s tormentor, Eman Esfandi plays the shunned Muslim recruit Ismail, Aaron Dominguez, and Nicholas Logan are also in the cast.