Review by Richard Caldwell
Redemption is a thing often spoke of, but only few experience. Life has many paths and can play you different decks of cards. “O.G.” is a film where redemption is at the forefront. Not only is redemption at the forefront, but the chaotic world of prison chaos is the backdrop. How does one redeem himself in a truly chaotic environment?
Jeffrey Wright stars in this film as Louis. Louis is a former gang leader dealing with the last few weeks of a 24 year prison sentence. After living in prison for over two decades Louis is anxious about being released. He meets a new inmate in a complex way. After a confusing first encounter, Louis takes the younger prisoner under his wing. With redemption in his foresight, Louis tries to maintain his peace as his sentence nears its end.
Overall, I liked this film. Jeffrey Wright delivers a stellar performance. A performance that not only indicates that he’s still a great actor, but more than capable of commanding lead roles. “O.G.” is a film full of life lessons. Lessons not only meant to teach those once lost, but also to redeem.