The movie

The Inspection

A young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside.

Length: 95 min
Country: United States
Language spoken: English
Language subtitles: Dutch
Cast: Gabrielle Union, McCaul Lombardi, Jeremy Pope, Bokeem Woodbine, Aaron Dominguez Raúl Castillo
Director: Elegance Bratton
Release date: 23/02/2023


Ellis, a young, gay Black man, has a bad relationship with his mother, who wants nothing to do with him. With little hope for the future, he decides to join the Marines. Battling deep-seated prejudice and a gruelling basic-training course, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength, and support to counter the sadism and homophobia found in this community. His new sense of belonging deeply influences his identity... First-time fiction feature director Elegance Bratton based his powerful debut on events from his own life.

‘A few years ago, Bratton described his life (and what became the screenplay for “The Inspection”) as “Full Metal Jacket” meets “Moonlight.” That sounds about right. “The Inspection” filters the brutal claustrophobia of Stanley Kubrick’s boot camp horror show through the piercing subjectivity of Barry Jenkins’s coming-of-age tone poem…. Bratton trusts the power of his own story, and the discipline of his excellent cast, to keep the movie clear of bombast or overstated uplift.’—A.O. Scott, The New York Times