Number of Times Seen – Twice (25 Jan 2011 and 10 Oct 2019)
Brief Synopsis – In order to try and prove that her brother is innocent of murder, a woman goes to law school so she can defend him in court.
My Take on it – I recall seeing this movie not long after it came out on cable and have had fond memories of the powerful story depicted here.
I was curious to rewatch it in order to see if that feeling holds up after more than 8 years.
The story of this film is actually quite astounding and show how a person can accomplish great feats if they have enough patience and perseverance along the way.
The cats of this film is superb with Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell both giving great performances.
Swank is able to build up a character who will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth about her brother’s conviction and even puts herself through Law School in order to be able to defend him.
Rockwell is just as great as a man who despite being wrongfully convicted constantly attest to his innocence while having to deal with the very harsh reality of spending one’s life in a prison environment.
The story itself comes across as being slightly choppy now and again but that ca be expected from a tale that spans so many years.
This is a movie that says so much about the way that the justice system works (and in some instances doesn’t work) while at the same time still showing that there should always be hope when dealing with a seemingly impenetrable wall of the law.
Bottom Line – Great story about the way that one can succeed if you have patience and perseverance. Swank is great in the lead and really brings forth such a powerful performance. Rockwell is equally great as a wrongfully convicted man seeing justice for himself while also dealing with the harsh realities of prison life. The story is bit choppy but that’s to be expected when dealing with a story that spans so many years. Says so much about the way that the legal system works (and doesn’t work) while also showing how there can be hope when dealing with a seemingly impenetrable wall. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Screenwriter Pamela Gray says she doesn’t believe the awards or critics; she knows if her projects are well received by listening in the theater ladies’ room after a showing. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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