The Hate U Give: A Movie With A Purpose


Kate Herrera

The Hate U Give is now playing at Regal Cinema.

Kate Herrera

“The Hate U Give” (T.H.U.G.) is a very emotional movie that will make you leave crying as you think about the world today and the experiences of others. “The Hate U Give” focuses on a teenager named Starr Carter (played by Amandla Stenberg), who lives in Garden Heights, a poor, black community known for its gangs and violence. Starr goes to a rich, white school on the other side of town.

One Saturday night, Starr goes to a house party in her neighborhood with her childhood best friend Khalil (Algee Smith). After the two hear gunshots, they decide to leave. On their way home Khalil is stopped by a white cop who instructs him to get out the car. Khalil gets out, but when the cop turns around, Khalil reaches to take a brush out of his pocket, making the cop shoot him three times. Scared by this experience, Starr starts speaking up about the inequality of the world that is still happening between whites and blacks to this day.

Since Friday, Oct. 19, the movie has grossed $7.5 million over the weekend. According to Rotten Tomato, the tomatometer for “The Hate U Give” is at 97% level of freshness with an overall audience score of 74%. Out of 138 views, 133 reviews were fresh while the other 5 reviews were rotten. “The Hate U Give” has also won Hampton’s International Film Festival 2018 for Best Narrative Feature and has also won Mill Valley Film Festival 2018 for U.S. Cinema. 

The accolades this movie has earned do not lie. The movie was fantastic, and it left me on the edge of my seat the whole time. “The Hate U Give” was a very emotional and creative movie. Director George Tillman Jr. showed the fears that black people have when being pulled over by a white cop. The movie sends such a powerful message when showing how race definitely plays into people’s perspectives and affects many different situations. People may see the crime as the victim’s fault, but to others who knew the victim closely it may not be that way. Another message that was shown in this movie was to fight for what is right and always stand up for what you believe in. When I left the theater, I was in tears. The movie opened up my eyes to see how the world still is today with racism.

The movie’s overall theme of race relations couldn’t come at a more opportune time, as our nation reels from several high-profile cases of police officers shooting and brutalizing blacks. Not only that, but it seems like every time you turn on the TV, there are more reports of the economic gaps black people experience living in bad neighborhoods and sub par schools. Protests such as Black Lives Matter have sprung out of these conditions, but it seems that old racial stereotypes will not go away any time soon, so it’s important to get a glimpse from another, less-represented side, and that’s definitely what “The Hate U Give” does.

All in all, “The Hate U Give” was an outstanding movie. Viewers can tell that the actors and actresses put all their heart into this movie. George Tillman Jr. did an amazing job portraying inequality in society today. The movie also has very important messages to speak up that everyone is equal no matter their race or conditions.