I, Daniel Blake – 2016

One of the most relevant films of this generation, there is a lot of pain in this film, but it’s ability to inspire supersedes the pain it causes. The film follows Daniel Blake, a man who has recently suffered a heart attack and has to apply for unemployment benefits. Unfortunately for Dan, the unemployment office decides that he is fit to return to work, despite his doctor advising differently. Dan’s attempts to appeal the decision are derailed by the unemployment office stringing him along and his inability to use computers. This film created a lot of debate amongst politicians in the U.K. with many praising the way this film addresses flaws in the unemployment system and other claiming it was unrealistic. The debate sparked by this film was probably the point and Dan’s mission is so relatable and inspiring that it’s depressing subject matter won’t hold it down.

A topical film with a strong message that will undoubtedly promote debate for years to come.

One of the best films out of England in a long time and almost too realistic, I give it…

4.5 out of 5



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