The Inspection

Featured In Issue 266, March/April 2023

WSR Score4.5
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Elegance Bratton
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In "The Inspection," a young gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that woul cast him aside. But even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength, and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life. Inspired by a true story. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Writer/Director Elegance Bratton, the featurette "Protect And Serve; Making The Inspection" (HD 13:45), deleted scenes (HD 07:46), previews and a digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture depicts the emotional and rigorous Marine boot camp training with the naturalness of both barrack interiors and base environments. The imagery is drab and dark in the interiors. Overall, the color palette tends toward greenish hues in the interiors and earthy tones outdoors. Flesh tones are perfectly natural and realistic. Contrast is generally good but often limited due to the dim lighting, Blacks are naturally deep and shadow delineation is revealing. While lighting within the barrack is dim the outdoor light tends to be overcast. Resolution is typically excellent. Overall, this is a realistic looking picture. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused with atmospherics that enhance the realism of the training exercises. Folely sound effects are perfectly supportive of the action. Sound effects also are realistic. Surround energy is aggressive, especially the unusual choral and orchestral score by The Animal Collective and the training exercises and clamor of men grunting and groaning. Dialogue is intelligible with good spatial integration. This is well-crafted holosonic® soundtrack. (Gary Reber)