NEW TO VYRE! Director/writer Dale Resteghini brings a story to the screen that resembles something straight out of The Twilight Zone with Cracka. The film follows a white supremacist who goes back in time to an altered reality where African-Americans were the slave owners, and European-Americans were the slaves. Will history be changed as we know it?
Lorenzo Antonucci stars as Michael Stone, who is a modern-day white supremacist. Michael finds himself in an altered past where black slave owners are hunting him. However, things aren’t quite clear to Michael as to why he is there nor why everything seems very unfamiliar. After being captured, Michael is sold to a vicious slave owner that has no remorse for “crackas.”
“…a white supremacist who goes back in time to an altered reality where African-Americans were the slave owners…”
I would start by saying that Cracka is not for everyone. The language, as well as the images, may be offensive to some. Not only is slavery the main story, but it also has derogatory words thrown around in what seems to be every sentence. It also features a rape scene. With that being said, these are the things slaves experienced as it has been recorded in history books. With cancel culture showing up everywhere, it will surely get complaints, but no such qualms will be heard from me when it comes to being accurate to the harsh reality of what slaves faced. As for the story, I thought it was quite interesting.
As I stated above, the narrative is something straight out of The Twilight Zone. It reminded me of the segment from the feature film based on the popular show starring the late, great Vic Morrow. He played the role of a racist drunk that was thrown into an altered past. Resteghini’s script is very similar but centers on a different time period. I did have interest in the plot all the way up until the very end. Unfortunately, the conclusion is very clichéd. It feels like this was the easiest route to take when nothing else can explain why the protagonist went through what he went through.
In this day and age, racism sadly still exists, and Cracka is sure to be controversial to any audience, no matter what race they may be. However, it is a film that will surely have the audience talking which is a good thing. If any media you consume has you talking, it is because something resonates with you one way or another.
"…a film that will surely have the audience talking..."