“Conviction” Would You Do the Same?

Genres: Drama and Biopic
Running Time: 1 hr. 37 min.
Release Date: October 15th, 2010 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for language and some violent images.
Distributors: Fox Searchlight Pictures


Director: Tony Goldwyn

JJ Rating: B+

See it again: Maybe on TV.
Own it: No.
Recommend it to: Someone interested in a good movie about determination and family love.


Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) knows her brother is innocent of murder. Kenny Waters (Sam Rockwell) is arrested for a murder just because he has a temper and a smart mouth. She decides that she’ll go to law school and figure how to get him out because the law couldn’t protect the innocent, as it should. Conviction.

We are saturated with so many law dramas and cop shows that a film in like nature doesn’t really get enough attention. I think that Conviction should be an exception for most people. I was emotional through most of the film because I continuously thought, “What would I do?” Would I be like Betty Anne and fight for my brothers as hard as she did for hers? I believe I would. Innocents is important because people shouldn’t be punished for what they didn’t do. Kenny was already under the impression many disliked him and then this happened and it crushed his spirits. He did have a temper, but temper doesn’t equal guilty. I know how Law & Order plays that anger card during their trials to prove that someone is guilty, but as I say, just because you can prove someone is a jerk doesn’t mean they’re guilty of the crime or a crime.

I hated and like this movie. I liked it because it was a great story to watch one time through. It was great to see the good guys win, even if it took years to do it. I hated it because one prick of a woman ruined everything because she felt she had something to prove. This makes me think of those women on The Apprentice acting as if they are entitled to something just because they’re a woman and not for what they can offer. It’s disgusting. Show you’re good and do the work, no one deserves handouts because of what private parts they own or don’t own.

The acting was good on all actors’ parts. Nothing outstanding happened that resonated with me enough to think that this film would be an Oscar contender. It’s a big budget Lifetime story. It made me think, it made me ponder and it made me angry that jury members are also so stupid that they couldn’t see what the officer was doing. It was hard watching Kenny’s spirit break in prison. He seemed to be an emotional guy. He got excited when his sister passed the bar. He got angry when things fell apart and didn’t go as planned. Every emotion he wore like a huge sign. No one could ever not know what he felt. The women he dealt with turned on him and caused his life to be mainly prison. It’s just difficult to see someone who didn’t deserve that treatment because of someone else’s murder.

I hate unfair things and I hate hearing about them because I want to fix them and I can’t. I can’t fix what happened to Kenny no matter how much I want to. The other annoying thing about stories like this is that family husbands or wives that are married to those that have these ambitions to help others turn on their significant other and become a burden to their cause. Being a total stress whore pushing stress like that’s all they can peddle. Why can’t people be supportive? How is that so hard?

Conviction is an emotional movie with frustrating aspects. I thought about fairness and how so many people are put where they don’t belong because they can’t fit in an innocent box that so many assume innocent should fit in. It’s not that hard to deal with people as they are, humans. It becomes complicated because of egos and the idea of who deserves what kind of treatment. People can be bullies, but so can the system and those in positions of power. Statue of limitations shouldn’t exist for those that abuse power. Convection is also a happy ending movie. They end on a high note, though the real story doesn’t end on such a great note, but it’s fantastic that they decided the story would end how it did without mentioning anything else that would sadden the joy. Smart move. Watch it and ask yourself, “Would I do the same?”

I write like: Gertrude Stein

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