Inspired by writer-director Elegance Bratton's experience as a gay Black man in the US marines, The Inspection is a raw, emotive drama.
Living on the streets with few prospects, Ellis (Jeremy Pope, Hollywood) enlists in the marines as a last resort. Unable to hide his sexuality, at bootcamp he's terrorised by fellow recruits and instructors alike, except for the patient and handsome Rosales (Raúl Castillo, Looking). But is Rosales’ kindness out of sympathy, or mutual attraction? Featuring Gabrielle Union (Bring It On) as Ellis' tough, distant mother, the cast's layered performances bring humanity to this sometimes harsh but nuanced portrayal.
Content warning: contains depictions of homophobic violence
“It is the type of film — brave, raw and poetic — that will rightly put Bratton on the map as someone to watch, not to mention the standout performances of Jeremy Pope and Gabrielle Union.”
— Associated Press