Conviction: Blu Ray review
Released by 20th Century Fox
Swank stars as Betty Ann Waters in this film which is based on a true story.
Waters is a drop out who's formed a close bond with
her brother Kenny (the ever great Sam Rockwell) as they've been shunted from
foster home to foster home in their childhoods.
But when Kenny's arrested for murder by Nancy Taylor (Melissa Leo)-
and convicted two years after the crime's been committed- Betty Ann feels her
life ripped from her
So, she resolves to put
herself through law school with the sole aim of doing whatever it takes to
exonerate her brother.
Conviction works okay as a
TV movie, rather than a big screen outing.
involved give great performances and it seems unfair to diminish the true story
nature of this, but the problem is the film offers nothing new or original to
many other similar stories of their ilk.
it's made perfectly adequately and sees the main duo of Swank and Rockwell
acquit themselves decently - but the emotional core of the film appears to have
gone AWOL from script to screen.
The moments where
you'd expect your heart to leap are curiously flat and presented in a very
matter of fact way; and some of the most potentially engaging drama (Waters'
marriage falling apart being one) takes place off screen, robbing you of any
real involvement. That and the fact that it's not explored that this woman's
spent her entire life trying to save her brother and it's cost her everything
and you just feel nothing but detachment from what transpires in front of you.
Extras: Conversation with the director and Betty
Anne Waters offers a little insight.