Trial By Fire (2018)


“Thanks to you, I have tried to make my peace. You showed me that love is always there if you just open yourself to it. You helped me to learn to enjoy the simple blessings of being alive. ” – Cameron Willingham

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a man convicted of murdering his three children in an apparent arson incident in Texas although he continues to profess his innocence while he was sitting on Death Row.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a few months back and was curious to see what it was all about.

The premise is actually quite interesting but unfortunately this movie fails to find a way to present this kind of story in a new and innovative way.

This kind of story has been done numerous times before and this film feels too much as if it’s manipulating the audience instead of trying to win us over with the story.

The cast is quite talented and both Laura Dern and Jack O’Connell are fine here in these roles.

O’Connell actually has a few powerful scenes but unfortunately neither of them is able to make their characters feel poignant enough in what they are trying to accomplish here.

This unfortunately takes so much away from the story and that makes things less interesting than this story could be if presented in a better fashion.

Bottom Line – Great premise that unfortunately is presented in a way that makes the story feel a bit too generic and fails to find a way to be unique.  The story rehashes too much of a plot that has been done so many times before and doesn’t find a way for things to feel as if it isn’t trying to manipulate the audience. Dern does a nice job with the role she is given and O’Connell also is able to bring something powerful to his role, but neither feels poignant enough in what they are doing and that takes so much away from the way the movie can be perceived.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Based on a true story. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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