The Night Of "The Dark Crate" Review - AVClub

AVClub: Why does Naz push back when his father tells him that a bigtime lawyer is taking on his case pro bono? Saying that he kind of likes Jack Stone is no sort of answer, even if not everyone takes as dim a view of the man as Naz’s father does. But implicit in that fumbling response is the truth of the matter: Stone, for all his obvious shortcomings, cares enough to show up and spend time with Naz, to form a connection with him. Sure, as we discussed last week, it would be naïve to say that Stone cares about Naz, but he cares enough about the case and what it means to his future to take Naz’s wellbeing seriously. He’s the one who brings clothes to Rikers, he’s the one who tells Naz he will make a deposit in his account. None of this is being done out of the goodness of his heart. After all, he’s working on the assumption that that 40 dollars’ worth of clothing and that money in Naz’s account will eventually be covered by that $50,000 retainer. Maybe Stone’s conversation with Naz’s parents isn’t technically a shakedown, but it’s absolutely his big play to make the payday of his career, and he’s not especially worried about the impossible financial situation he’s putting the Khans in.

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