HBO's "Baltimore Rising" opens on a brilliant note.
The documentary directed by Sonja Sohn, of "The Wire," instantly establishes itself visually with an overhead camera shot scanning down and across a row of the boarded-up, crumbling, abandoned row houses that have sadly become the dominant image of this city. The wail of a police siren, one of the media’s favorite audio cues for Baltimore, is heard in the distance.
But just as you start to fear Sohn is going to take the easy way out in image and sound to talk about the city in this 90-minute documentary, the strong voice of someone off camera is heard.
“I walked down the street with a reporter from a...