Any dramatic depiction of the Baltimore crime scene these days starts out at a disadvantage given how high the bar was set with the multilayered exploration of HBO’s addictive series, The Wire. First-time director Sheldon Candis to some degree dodges that comparison by making LUV first and foremost a character-driven coming-of-age story, albeit one in which drugs, violence and homicide play a major part..
That focus on character means it’s fortunate Candis was able to attract an amazing cast. The ensemble is led by a charismatic turn from the rapper Common (AMC’s Hell on Wheels), and a likeable young newcomer, young Michael Rainey Jr. The supporting cast stacked with seasoned pros, including Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton and Lonette McKee, as well as The Wire alumnus Michael Kenneth Williams, this time carrying a detective’s badge. ( LoL OMAR)
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Source The Hollywood Reporter