Simplistic and biased, only Washington's performance saves this from the mire...
This film has 'triumphalism' written all over it, from the official synopsis
to the opening credits to, even yes, the end. This is a movie that never
begins to consider the idea that its audience may just disagree with some of
its cavalier assumptions. We simply are served the tale of an 'indomnitable
fight for justice', failing spectacularly to convince on most levels, apart
from Washington's performance as the main character.
As he did in "Cry Freedom", Denzel elevates the dross around him. "The
Hurricane" suffers from being appallingly threadbare in detail, as opposed
to bloated and pompous like the Attenborough treatise years earlier. Still,
Washington almost works miracles again, inspiring dignity where by rights
there should be none.
The details of the framed crime are scant, perhaps because if it were
fleshed out a little bit, the implausibly bitter pill would be that much
harder to swallow. Where is proper motive, expositional dialogue, nuance to
scenes? Nowhere to be found. The world of "The Hurricane" is black and
white, uncomfortable given that the movie only airily tosses racism into the
mix as an afterthought compared to its other indignations. Maybe that's why
any unjust motive for imprisoning Ruben that there may be is so muddled. A
proper dissection of race-relations would only serve to derail the film from
the blatant righteous agenda that it insists on having. The family of
Carter supporters, like the jury who convicted him prior to their
championing, are too easily convinced. The audience outside the confines of
this fictional world are the only ones who are probably likely to be found
scratching their heads.
Hannah is badly miscast. Why pick somebody with a Scottish brogue if accent
was going to be important? It's not even easy to see why he's there in the
first place. Only Washington and the boy contribute anything worthwhile to
the story. Given the liberties with the material the makers already chose
to sanction, why didn't they just compress at least one more character and
remove that difficulty altogether?
The actual fight scenes are surprisingly well done. A shame then, that they
do nothing to contribute to the 'noble' image the film would like so much to
establish for its lead character. Like the performance of Washington which
is ultimately in vain, they are but one more insufficient coat of gloss on a
tale that all too visibly begins to 'peel' with alarming
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the debators and another movie of the same actor.
prime example of a murder hoodwinking Hollywood
Rubin Carter was tried and found guilty of murder. Read the evidence. This
man is a nightmare. His own people call him Satan. He has lied, beaten and
murdered. He was not able to pass ANY lie detector tests, and ballistics
matched bullets found in his car to bullets that killed the 3 people. This
evidence was found in the presence of unbiased 3rd party reporters. Do not
let a good film could the truth. Rubin Carter is a stone cold murderer who
walks the streets today while his victims are 6 feet under. The movie is
inaccurate and portrays Carter as a victim when he is the true predator.
This psychopath deserves to be behind bars now. Do some research and decide