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September 30, 2010 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Conviction

Michael the Moviegoer – @@@

The trailer aptly uses the words “incredible” and “extraordinary” and made me believe it. This looks like a powerful story based on a true event involving a sister who goes to law school to become a lawyer to get her wrongly convicted brother out of prison. The cast is awesome and promises strong performances throughout, especially since the film is directed by an actor, Tony Goldwyn. This has a lot of potential. I’m convinced.

Terrance the Trailer Trasher – @@

Ever since I read John Grisham’s non-ficition “The Innocent Man,” I’ve been somewhat obsessed with false conviction stories. George Clooney bought the rights to that book and it will make a terrifying movie one day. The Hilary Swank movie is based on another of the 258 convictions overturned so far by Barry Scheck’s Innocence Project. It looks like Goldwyn picked the most melodramatic one he could find to Hollywoodize. By following the accused’s sister’s struggle through law school to free her brother, Goldwyn appears to be taking the path of a typical Lifetime MOW (like the very similar Gale Anne Hurd-produced “The Wronged Man” starring Julia Ormond that premiered in January). I want to see this for the subject matter and stellar cast, but based on the trailer, I’m not expecting it to deliver anything special about the harrowing ordeal of Sam Rockwell’s wrongfully convicted character.

Michael’s Rebuttal:

Well, I’m not at all familiar with Grisham’s book or the Ormand film, so I can only go with whatever story Tony Goldwyn wants to tell in his film. The trailer makes it look exciting, and I thought we were reviewing trailers, not books.

The case goes to trial at a theatre near you on October 15, 2010.

See you next week with reviews of four more trailers, including the latest from Katherine Heigl and Wes Craven (but not together).

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  1. MichaelAndTerrance / Oct 13 2010 2:30 pm

    Follow-up: Michael and Terrance saw “Conviction” together. Strangers in the parking lot echoed Terry’s original opinion of the trailer, that it played just like a TV Movie-of-the-Week. Michael was disappointed in the “fluffed up piece of feel-good entertainment” that Terry could tell it was going to be from looking at the trailer. But we both agreed that a brief appearance by Juliette Lewis is worthy of Oscar consideration.

  2. filmcriticblogger / Oct 14 2010 5:42 pm

    Juliett Lewis steals this movie! Mel Leo ain’t too bad herself as the dominatrix cop!

    You Gotta Know What Day It Is,
    Murray Burns

    • MichaelAndTerrance / Oct 14 2010 10:18 pm

      Thanks for the comment. I’m glad someone else recognized Lewis’ performance! So it wasn’t just us. 🙂

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