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A Sister’s Incredible Love
Release Date: October 15, 2010
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 106 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Tony Goldwyn
Writer: Pamela Gray
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CONVICTION offers a powerful mix of emotional and cerebral entertainment through its compelling core story. Betty Anne and her brother Kenny are seen as children in a moving series of well-acted flashbacks. The flashbacks depict the strong bond they formed when their own highly dysfunctional parents let them down throughout their young lives.
When Kenny is arrested and accused of the brutal murder of a woman, he goes to prison. Betty Anne becomes the one person who believes in his innocence. She embarks on a quixotic quest to free him, losing her husband and custody of her sons along the way. Through the discovery of DNA evidence, she at last can prove his innocence. One more terrible twist, however, remains en route to securing his freedom, a twist that depends on the daughter he's barely ever seen learning to trust Betty Anne and agreeing to make her mother tell the truth.
CONVICTION could easily be well-deserving Oscar fodder this year, thanks to its impressively efficient script, stirring yet subtle direction from Tony Goldwyn, and stunning performances across the board. Sam Rockwell and Juliette Lewis are particularly good, breathing fire into their colorful white-trash roles while letting their heartbreaking humanity seep through in momentary flashes.
While there is a lot of foul language in this film, it feels organic to the characters and setting. Overcoming the movie’s moral problems are its profoundly powerful story of redemption and familial love, as Betty Anne sacrifices everything in her life to prove that her brother is innocent of the murder charges. As she peels back the perjured testimony that led to her brother's incarceration, many of those who lied wind up feeling remorse for their actions and finally admit to the truth. Most heartwarmingly, Kenny gets a second chance at becoming a father to his daughter, whom he hasn't seen or held since she was a baby. Now 18, she overcomes her fear and distrust caused by not knowing him to give him a new start in her life.
The movie concludes with a scroll showing that the lawyer who helped Betty Anne has since rescued 249 other innocent men from prison based on uncovering DNA evidence, providing another level of uplift for viewers.
CONVICTION contains plenty of strong foul language, strong violence, brief comical nudity, and some strong miscellaneous immorality. So, extreme caution is warranted. The movie’s strong themes of redemption and familial love, however, make it one of the best movies of the year. Please see our CONTENT section above for more details.
CONVICTION has too much strong foul language and depicts a lot of dysfunctional behavior. However, the core of the story is a profoundly powerful tale of redemption and familial love, as Betty Anne sacrifices everything to prove her brother is innocent of the murder charges. Also, when she confronts the lies that helped send Kenny to jail, people feel remorse and admit to the truth. Finally, Kenny gets another chance to becoming a father to his teenage daughter, whom he hasn't seen since she was a baby.