n 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie, "The Hurt Locker") returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia (Kerry Washington, "Ray," "Lift") and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone's beliefs as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Night Catches Us, a politically sophisticated and ethically serious film, makes no big speeches or obvious points.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 12.03.2010
Night Catches Us, Tanya Hamilton's first feature as a director, is something to cherish.Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 12.02.2010
Acting, particularly by Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington, is first-rate, but the story is as ramshackle as a South Philly tenement, with an equal number of structural violations.John Anderson, Variety, 11.30.2010
The film is compelling as it dramatizes the confusing and contradictory impulses in the black community during that time.James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter, 11.30.2010