Amazon Prime has just released the trailer for a coming-of-age movie that promises to be unlike any other. Titled “Emergency,” the film features three POC middle school seniors — Sean (RJ Cyler), Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and Carlos (Sebastian Chacon) — who have to deal with a complex situation when they find a white girl passed away drunk on their living room floor after a series of frat parties.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking part of the “Emergency” trailer is that the storyline, while played in a theatrical sense, touches on real life. The three boys worry about calling the police and what would happen if an unconscious white girl is found in their bedroom. “The cops won’t listen; they’ll just come in here and see three dark-haired guys hanging over this little white girl,” Sean told Kunle upon seeing the girl for the first time. Concepts like black excellence and police brutality are also hinted at in the opening minutes of the trailer. On the face of it, the film definitely delivers the modern coming-of-age vibe and aesthetic. The characters are endearing, relatable, and feel authentic in their conversations and humor.
Written by Oscar nominee Kristen “KD” Dávila and directed by Carey Williams, “Emergency” has already garnered acclaim after its premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. “It’s interesting, because I didn’t grow up like Kunle, I grew up more like Sean… [But] I think his innocence was something that really appealed to me because I didn’t have that in my own life,” Watkins previously told POPSUGAR. “When you talk about seeing black men allowed to be characters in full amplitude and not just playing one or two things, I like that it allows us to be vulnerable. You don’t see that often in young black men.”
Ultimately, Watkins hopes audiences will walk away from “Emergency” with a new point of view. “I hope that [viewers] can see a difference in perspective and that sparks a conversation and can change something.” The film also features familiar faces like Sabrina Carpenter, Maddie Nichols and Madison Thompson. Check out the full trailer above and head over to Amazon Prime for the premiere on May 27.