Brian Banks (2018)


“Two men look out from prison bars, one saw mud, the other the stars.  Perspective, gentlemen. Perspective is the key to how one fares in life.” – Jerome Johnson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a wrongfully imprisoned athlete who still dreams of returning to play football and make it into the NFL.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I came across by accident and wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

I assumed that it would feel like many other films of its kind and not be powerful enough to stand on its own.

Thankfully, I was very wrong about that.

They are able to show how important it is for someone to use their internal drive and perseverance in order to try and find a way to right a wrong.

The story is told in a very poignant way that helps the viewer get a real clear understanding of the kind of things that Banks needed to go through while he was in prison and during the years he was on parole.

WE also get to see how he was positively influenced by other people around him who helps him find the strength to never give up.

They manage to develop these characters really well and we are able to see how they each got to the point they are currently at and where they strive to reach from there.

This film shows the way that the justice system both works for and against innocent people who have been convicted and try to clear their names especially given the large number of hurdles that seem to impinge their progress along the way.

The cast is great with Greg Kinnear in a significant supporting role.

Morgan freeman has a great cameo that also helps move the main character on the right path.

The standout here though is Aldis Hodge who is superb in the title role and shows that he can carry such a film all by himself.

Bottom Line – Great film that shows the way that perseverance and drive can help make a person do all that they can in order to try to right a wrong.  The story comes across quite poignantly and allows us to get a real understanding of what he went through during his incarceration and throughout the years that he was on parole.  The characters are developed really well and we get a clear idea of how they each got to where they are and where they want to go from there. They do a wonderful job showing the way that the justice system both works for and against someone trying to prove their innocence and all of the hurdles that they might have to face along the way. Kinnear does a great job in a very significant supporting role, but Hodge is able to carry this film by his performance as Banks. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Brian Banks, the subject of this movie, went to Long Beach Poly High School and was a part of the prestigious Jackrabbit football team. Brian was also a part of the team that played against De La Salle. This game was featured in the movie ‘When the Game Stands Tall.’ (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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