Flint Town 2018 Tv Show Series Review Netflix Trailer Impelreport

Flint Town 2018 Tv Show Series Review Netflix Trailer Impelreport. Since General Motors began reducing its workforce in the ’80s, the city of Flint, Mich., hasn’t lacked for negative press, with the recent focus primarily on the horrible and deadly water crisis, which, if you’re keeping score at home, remains an ongoing and largely unresolved concern. Think of Netflix’s documentary series Flint Town, premiering March 2, as that nagging voice at the back of your mind yelling, “Hi! This is Flint! No, our residents don’t have potable water! But please don’t forget that we also have one of the highest rates of violent crime in the country!”

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The water crisis remains ever on the periphery in Flint Town, in which directors-cinematographers Zackary Canepari, Jessica Dimmock, and Drea Cooper spent a year entrenched with the Flint Police Department. By the nature of its access, Flint Town‘s perspective is heavily weighted toward the institution of law enforcement in Flint. During some moments it absolutely feels like a recruitment video, though the series as a whole possesses enough introspection and pragmatism not to be uncomfortable, the result of interview subjects at ease enough to let down their guard (or their badges) to see the big picture in a city that’s trying not to fail, even if it lacks the resources to succeed.

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Structurally, the eight episodes begin in November 2015 and carry through December 2016. Those months include the first year of Tim Johnson’s reign as police chief and chronicle his early efforts to restore order with a force that went from 300 officers to less than 100 in a decade, looking at initiatives such as the Crime Area Target Team and the volunteer recruitment of unqualified civilians, who were trained to handle certain rudimentary police duties. Episodes, which seem to generally have holidays from July 4th to Halloween to Christmas as backdrops, take us through the 2016 election, including visits to the town from many of the candidates and a key tax renewal that could be life or death for the department. Lest that sounds too dry, Flint Town has a few personal stories woven throughout, cutting through the crime statistics and harrowing patrol runs and frost-bitten urban blight with character arcs that, heaven forbid, could actually be best described as “cute.”

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