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Conviction (2010)

Director:
Tony Goldwyn

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Legal drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Conviction

RUNNING TIME
107 minutes

Producer:
Andrew Sugerman
Andrew S. Karsch
Tony Goldwyn

Screenwriter:
Pamela Gray
Richard LaGravenese


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Phil Burbank Hilary Swank

Kenny Waters

Sam Rockwell
Abra Rice Minnie Driver
Nancy Taylor

Melissa Leo

Mandy Marsh Ari Graynor -
Rick Miller Loren Dean -
Elizabeth Waters Karen Young -
Brenda Marsh Clea DuVall -
Roseanna Perry Juliette Lewis
Barry Scheck Peter Gallagher -

 

Review

This story about a man who was wrongfully accused and convicted of murder in the early 1980s and his sister's battle to put herself through law school in order to exonerate him is heartrending and has all the right ingredients, but the pacing and storytelling reveal a somewhat sloppy craftsmanship. Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell are perfectly cast as the siblings, and director Tony Goldwyn's jumping between timelines is refreshing and engaging at first until we're swamped in a dour procedural legal system and constant family conflicts with Swank. Goldwyn's manipulative trick is arguably that the more he exhausts his viewers, the bigger the pay-off will eventually become. And that may have had some veracity had we not been too aware of the manipulation. There are fine (if somewhat underdeveloped) supporting performances by Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis and Peter Gallagher, plus an unconvincing score by Paul Cantelton.

Copyright 26.12.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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