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The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
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While Blick admirably wants to inform and interrogate a topic most of the world would like to ignore, Black Earth Rising is overly confident in all the wrong places and lacks trust in all the right ones.
Black Earth Rising is grounded in one of the most viscerally horrifying events in human history. Yet with every misstep and unnecessary contortion, the show dulls the edge of its remarkably potent source material.
As good as the actors are here, they deserved a less melodramatic and cliche script than they got. Luckily, star Michaela Cole has a nice chemistry with John Goodman and the pair save this from being just another offering on Netflix.
What's most striking about Black Earth Rising -- outside of the constant touching, the terrific performances, and the thoughtful filmmaking, anyway -- is that it's essentially a legal thriller mixed with a painful search for personal history.
Black Earth Rising is a remarkable look at conflict of all kinds, prepared to suggest that people can do the right things for the wrong reasons, or do good and bad at different times. Grey areas, in high definition.