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DeKalb Elementary

2017

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  • A throat-tightening duet between a disturbed school shooter and an empathetic administrator.

  • Writer and director Van Dyk keeps everything understated with a quasi-documentary feel and allows the strong chemistry between Mitchell and Riggs to carry proceedings. Yet despite its subtlety, the film has a strong emotional charge and the final moments are particularly affecting.

  • Based on an actual 911 call placed during an attempted school shooting, Reed Van Dyk's drama hovers adroitly between farce and horror without losing our empathy for both parties to the bizarre exchange. or our sense that shooters badly need help too. Shinelle Azoroh is excellent as the African-American secretary, cool as a cucumber and humane to the film's last, terrifying moment.