The movie is a drama with a lot to say. At the start, we’re just observing the middle of a forgettable date between two African American individuals. The man (Daniel Kaluuya) and the woman (Jodie Turner-Smith) are not well matched. He works in retail and believes in religion, while she’s a criminal defense attorney and believes in facts, not faith. In short order, this is poised to be the first and only meeting between the two. Then, while he’s driving her home, their car is stopped by a police officer.
Though we have come to know they’re good hearted, well educated, professional citizens, the cop only sees a potential arrest. The man is interrogated and his trunk searched, leading the woman, knowing the law, to exit the vehicle and begin recording the encounter on her phone. This escalates the situation, leading to the officer’s gun being fired, a struggle, and then the death of said cop. Knowing how this looks, regardless of the circumstances, the two flee, heading out on the run.
As they head south to the home of her uncle (Bokeem Woodbine) in search of a way to get out of the country, their story becomes a media sensation, as the whole thing was caught on the squad car’s dash cam.