Ryan and I would like to once again welcome you to another review for our Argumentative August Blogathon.
This next film, The Hurricane (1999) is being reviewed by me
Let’s see what I thought of this movie….
Number of Times Seen – 3 (February 2000, 22 April 2008 and 2 Aug 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A teenager reads a book about a wrongfully imprisoned ex-boxer and tries to find a way to help him regain his freedom.
My Take on it – Biopics can really be hit or miss depending on a lot of different factors.
This movie loses a lot of its ‘punch’ because it tries too hard to try and be a movie with a message instead of trying to tell us a moving story.
There were scenes where I felt they were trying harder to focus on Denzel Washington’s performance instead of trying to advance the story.
The way the story is told feels very preachy and I prefer stories being told straight to us instead of trying to cram something down our throats.
Personally, I wasn’t thrilled with the way this story was told because they don’t really present enough evidence to prove or disprove his innocence in a clear cut manner which is frustrating when trying to watch a movie based on a true event.
I have seen numerous movies by Norman Jewison and I expected much more from him here.
The one point I must concede is that the songs for this movie are excellent.
The Bob Dylan song from the 70’s fits to the tone very well and I found the song Get Down on it sung by Roots to be excellent.
Check out the Bob Dylan song below
Bottom Line – Very preachy film that feels like it is trying more to highlight Washington’s performance instead of the story itself. Lots of holes in the plot is exacerbated by the fact that there is much controversy as to the truth of the story being told. Music tho is excellent. Expected much more from Jewison.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The picture of Malcolm X in Hurricane’s cell is actually a picture of Denzel Washington as Malcolm X from the movie Malcolm X (1992).(From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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