Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Movie Conviction Is a Lot Sadder to Me Now

I saw Conviction on a flight home from London recently and it was a pretty big turd. It's based on a true story, but stop reading now if you don't want it spoiled.

Hillary Swank's character, Betty Ann Waters, dedicates her life to freeing her wrongfully convicted brother, played by Sam Rockwell, from his life sentence. At the end of the movie, all of her sacrifice and hard work pay off and Kenneth Waters is exonerated and reunited with his estranged daughter, with whom he can finally start connecting. She was born maybe a year or two before his conviction.

According to the Wikipedia article, in real life the brother slips and falls from a 15-foot wall and dies six months after he's finally freed, a fact that the movie doesn't mention. I don't blame them because it's pretty depressing and ruins what's supposed to be an uplifting, one dimensional story.