By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer
Strike another one for “The Wire” alum.
Alternating between blockbusters like “Pacific Rim” and the upcoming highly anticipated Nelson Mandela biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Idris Elba has become a bona fide Hollywood star.
Now his Wire colleague Gbenga Akinnagbe (“The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3,” “Savages”) is in hot pursuit, especially with his latest outing, an uneven, but intense, emotional indie drama called “Home.”
Akinnagbe plays Jack, a man recovering from mental illness, who is hell bent on leaving his group home facility and trying to rebuild a relationship with his estranged son. By the way, Jack’s mental illness isn’t caused by the fact that he is trying to rent an apartment in New York for $600 or less.
Told in poetic and sometimes jarring flashbacks, Jack’s life is pieced together as his desperate search to find the money for his escape leads him into the clutches of some violent drug dealers.
Meanwhile, there are also touching performances from Jack’s group patients and workers, including Tawny Cypress (“Heroes”), James McDaniel (“Detroit 1-8-7,” “NYPD Blue”) and the always-reliable Joe Morton (“American Gangster,” “Terminator 2”).
The film, which played a host of independent galas in 2013, including the San Francisco Black Film Festival and the Sacramento Film & Music Festival marks the feature film-directing debut of industry veteran Jono Oliver.
“Home” is currently playing a one-week limited run at the Arena Theater in Hollywood.
Gbenga Akinnagbe stars in an emotional drama.