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.
‘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