The story follows Betty Anne Waters, a small town girl who has a strong bond with her brother, Kenny. Kenny has been in trouble with the law time and time again and when an old women ends up murdered in their town the finger falls on him. After seemingly getting around the charge a line up of character witnesses suddenly appear proclaiming Kenny has often bragged of the murders over the passing couple of years and Kenny finds himself behind bars. Betty Anne, believing profusely in her brother’s innocence, sets down a path to try and get his name cleared and the journey will take her places she never thought possible for herself.
Of the two recent films with stories revolving around the justice system, Conviction manages to do what Stone is unable to by creating a compelling film that draws the audience into the lives of the characters, played by actors that are able to shine in their roles.
Conviction tells the story of the relationship between a brother and sister who are willing to do anything for each other. Based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters and her brother Kenny, Conviction follows Betty Anne through her struggles to become a lawyer in order to prove her brother’s innocence when he is imprisoned for the murder of a woman in their small town.
Though this is not true for all people, there may be a select group of people (*cough* me *cough*) who lose focus during films blending biopics and law. [Read more...]
Mira Nair’s latest is a dull, bland, and almost completely forgettable effort that while capturing the look, sound, and stories of Amelia Earhart it fails to create any drama, tension, or just about any emotion inside of us over it’s run time.
Spoilers ahead if you some how have know grasp on history.
Picking up at the launch of Earhart’s tragic flight around the world we will float back and forth through her life from the moment she met her future husband George Putnam and multiple stages along her fateful flight. Right here from the get go the film is in trouble. The relationships that begin to form in Amelia’s life are quickly glossed over and the film jumps forward through time at a fairly strong pace. Earhart’s relationship with Putnam manifests almost out of thin air and next thing we know they are married. Ditto for an affair that arises in the film and implies infinitely more than it shows. All this would be fine if we at all believed in their relationship, one that a certain Earhart biographer deemed the love her life, but instead comes across as really nothing very passionate at all. In fact the film fails to rouse any passion at all, be it in its heroine’s relationships, her supposedly death defying flights, or her impact on the culture of America and the fame that she garnered. [Read more...]