Monday, April 11, 2011


Directed by Tony Goldwyn, Pantheon Entertainment Corporation, 2010/11. Starring Sam Rockwell, Hilary Swank, Melissa Leo and Minnie Driver.

Genre: Biography, Drama.

Question: What would you do for your brother or sister if they were wrongly convicted of a crime? We would all fight for them in the best way we knew how but in Conviction  one sister goes above and beyond to prove her brother's innocence.

When Conviction  was out in the theaters last year I heard about this real life story adaptation and was pleased to see who was portraying the brother and sister: Sam Rockwell and Hilary Swank. We all know Hilary Swank is a phenomenal actress and she worked her magic again, but this time I think Sam Rockwell had the outshining performance.

He had an elegant combination of masculinity and vulnerability while playing the accused brother: Kenny Waters. He was so believable in this role that you really develop a deep sympathy for his character. Sam Rockwell is one actor that more people should take notice of out in Hollywood. I can't think of a single performance or movie he has been where I didn't think "WOW, this guy is really good!" In fact, my very first review was Moon starring Sam Rockwell; and I really enjoyed watching this movie solely because of his performance.

So, if you are in the mood to see a good story, with a lot of heart, and some outstanding acting then see Conviction .

My favorite thing: The scene where Sam's character has to try and make people smile.

My least favorite thing: There were a lot of quick, choppy scenes that sometimes made it hard to know how much time had passed.

Did the previews show too much? Maybe but the acting is so aboveboard that it didn't ruin it for me.

Rating: R
Length: 107 minutes

Review: 7 out of 10

COMING SOON: Nowhere Boy


Pedro Sttau said...

Really have been wanting to see this one for a long time. I love everything Hilary Swank is in and Tony Goldwyn is an amazing director.
Pedro Sttau

Tired of Previews said...

Pedro: Put this one one your queue! You are right about Tony Goldwyn and many don't realize he is also an actor - a pretty good one as well. He was the bad guy in "Ghost".