One of the most powerful documentaries to be made, “LA 92” shows through strictly archival footage (no new interviews or commentary, just archival from the time of the riots) and a wonderful, haunting music score the timeline of how the Los Angeles riots of 1992 started and how they unfolded. It starts with a quick prelude of the August 1965 L.A. riots, the 1973 election of Tom Bradley as L.A. mayor, and the 1978 promotion of Daryl Gates as L.A. chief of police. The movie then opens with the end of Operation Desert Storm in March 1991, going on to document the police brutality beating of Rodney King and the tragic, unjustified shooting death of Latasha Harlins -- as well as showcasing the complete events that transpired between the acquittal of the 4 LAPD officers in the King beating and the end of the riots (April 29 to May 4, 1992), making the riots the most destructive civil disturbance in the history of America, with 63 people killed, 2,383 people injured, more than 11,000 arrested, and estimates of material losses varying between about $800 million and $1 billion, and approximately 3,600 fires set, destroying 1,100 buildings. What's most electrifying and hypnotic about “LA 92” is the raw emotion expressed from all sides as well as the bookends of the film, which show that, when it comes to race relations, things today have sadly not changed as much as they should since 1965.
Intense look at the L.A. riots and the societal issues surrounding them. Anyone commenting about how this is some type of 'race-baiting' with an anti-white agenda is either willfully ignorant or simply lacks the capability for reason, logic and critical thinking. They open and close with the echoes of the Watts Riots of 1965 and the takeaway is - nothing has changed. History will repeat itself until we get our act together.
Exceptional doc. After 25 years I really forgot how bad the LA riots were. And being on the East Coast I wasn't all that aware of the underlying circumstances leading up the riots - Rodney King wasn't the cause he was the straw.
Regardless of your political leaning, background or race this is a must watch.
Well done documentary. I was a teenager at the time and being on the other side of the country I didn't really know much about it nor did I realize how dangerous things really were. From shopkeepers protecting their own livelihood with their weapons, the amount of damage, the way people reacted and so on. It's very much worth the rental.
I was raised in LA and was 9 years old when this started happening. I remember seeing it on the news at the time but was too young to fathom what was really going on. Watching this filled in those gaps and I have a better understanding now that I can grasp the events. It's heartbreaking to see this happening so close to home.