flawed - 5/10
Washington's performance as Rubin Carter is truly excellent, but I still
can't recommend this film. Several flaws at the screenplay level are
salient. The dialogue is dippy; at one point we're even subjected to that
hackneyed power-of-books-to-change-the-world garbage - give me a break.
biggest problem with the screenplay, though, is the shallowness of many of
the key supporting characters. The three Canadians taking care of Lesra
(his family situation, BTW, should have either been excluded completely or
treated with some real depth what we are given is rather half-baked and
unsatisfying) are wholly indistinguishable and the racist sheriff is a
cartoon. There are also several moments of extreme melodrama, including an
early scene where the young Carter is dangled over a waterfall by a child
molester. I didn't mind that the film was factually inaccurate, but two
other things about The Hurricane heretofore unmentioned in this forum
annoyed me. First: Bob Dylan's song Hurricane, admittedly not a bad tune
all, must have played at least four times in full during the course of the
movie, much to my disgruntlement by the time the credits came and I had to
hear it again. Two: that the boxing photography was done in black and
and the rest of the picture shot in color seemed to me only a low attempt
the filmmakers to mimic the look, in the boxing scenes, of Martin Scorsese'
Raging Bull, a far greater film than this one..
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it is for me one of the best movie in this world .
amershatnawi watch The Litterbug movie
people who hate the raseim and discrimnation should whatch this movie ...... how srange was the people who make diffrences between colors .................. it is a pis of Art of Denzel .
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its very nice .
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its very good.
wow great movie.
the debators and another movie of the same actor.
Another Story Ruined by Hollywood
This film is sooooooo boring to watch. When I read the books about both
Lesra's and Rubin's stories, I cried and cheered out loud many times. That
was years ago. While watching the film tonight, which happened to be on TV,
I could barely stay awake. Hollywood treats the audience like ignorant
children. Every scene was ruined because the director doesn't trust us to
understand the slightest complexity of the events. What's worse is that
only makes the events onscreen even more incomprehensible, especially
regarding the track record of the judge in New Jersey. As well, the
activists in Canada were portrayed as 3 people who sat around in their house
all day mouthing unpassionate quips about life.
I think most people who raved about this film were taken by the amazing
story of justice finally done, and the escape of Lesra from the poverty and
injustice of life in the ghettos of the US. For such deep and complex
issues to be addressed, we need deep and complex filmmakers. Hurricane the
film is so one-dimensional, and that's a shame because in the right hands it
could have contributed to social change. Instead, it's just a showcase for
Denzel the actor. I wish this film could have been made by an independent
film group in the UK or anywhere else that wouldn't have sanitized the story
& the issues with a constant orchestra of horns & violins in the background
as is sooo typical in every single drama to come out of