Thursday 16 December 2010

Another one based on a true story - Conviction

I've lost count on how many films have passed through my in-box over the last couple of weeks but it does seem like every other film is "Based on an incredible / inspirational true story" - This time it's one about a sister trying to prove her brother is innocent. I'm sure it's all down to Sandra Bullock's Oscar® winning performance in The Blind Side that started this trend.

CONVICTION is the inspirational true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters’ (two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank) older brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction.

Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver), Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor (Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo), meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny's arrest. Belief in her brother – and her quest for the truth – pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny.
Conviction hits cinemas January 14, 2011
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