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Conviction [DVD] [Canadian; French]
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As children, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) and her brother, Kenny (Sam Rockwell), survived bad parenting and poverty by leaning on each other for support. Kenny grows up to be something of a troublemaker, eventually being convicted for a murder he swears he didn't commit. His sister believes him and, without even a high-school diploma, sets about going to law school in order to figure out a way to free him. She gets a GED, then graduates law school with the help of her only friend (Minnie Driver). She eventually gets the attention of O.J. Simpson defense attorney Barry Scheck (Peter Gallagher), who runs an organization devoted to overturning wrongful convictions by analyzing DNA evidence with tests that were unavailable at the time the cases were tried. When he agrees to help her -- if she can find the old blood evidence -- Betty plows her way through the legal complications that stand between her brother and his freedom. Tony Goldwyn directs this drama inspired by a true story.
Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa, Chessington Leo, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher, Ari Graynor, Loren Dean, Conor Donovan, Owen Campbell
4 stars out of 5 -- "[U]ndeniably gripping....Tony Goldwyn's assured direction, based on a well-researched and compelling script by Pamela Gray, lets Waters' amazing story speak for itself in fine, uncluttered dramatic fashion."
"What the subplots succeed in doing is making room for some nice small turns....The best is a haggard, broken-tooth, chain-smoking Juliette Lewis as one of Kenny's exes..."
Los Angeles Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]n Hilary Swank, the film finds the right actress to embody gritty tenacity."
"Mr. Rockwell excels at this kind of volatility -- at playing men who are angry, charming and foolish all at once. And Kenny is a fascinating puzzle..."
New York Times
"Hilary Swank is the epitome of conviction in a film in which the title refers both to an action by the justice system and the determination it took to fight back."
"This affecting fiction film was based on a true story....The quality of the acting is consistently high..."
Wall Street Journal
"Rockwell busts through with a spectacular peformance....It's Rockwell who gives CONVICTION the jolts of ferocity and feeling it needs."
"[P]owerful, a tale of justice served told with respectful restraint by directory Tony Goldwyn....The filmmakers handle time shifts gracefully, and the casting is choice..." -- Grade: B+
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] polished legal melodrama that elicits a typically forthright turn from Hilary Swank...and an intriguingly mercurial one from Sam Rockwell..."
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