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A black security guard hired to check IDs at a company entrance endures increasing scrutiny from bosses and coworkers in this wry, complex look at race relations and corporate rigidity. Instead of following the action close-up, director Kevin Lee uses stationary ten-minute takes to suggest a surveillance camera, capturing the guard's alternately bored and frazzled demeanor. The drama escalates after his superiors discover obscene graffiti on the company logo, and Kevin Jackson gives a humane, dignified performance as the beleaguered guard, who comes to realize the absurdity of the power game. 100 min.

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