|Title:||Find Me Guilty|
|07.04.06||Internet|| So it's the fourth of July. I didn't really have a themed plan but after going through the special featured on the All the Presiden't Men I watched the hour-long Sidney Lumet interview on the Network disc which in turn made me want to check out his latest even though I'd heard it was pretty mediocre.|
Well, it was a bit of a pleasant surprise for me... True it's not changing the world or anything like that but it's well-made, pretty well-acted, and interesting enough to warrant sitting down and watching it. It's the trial of all those Lucchese crime family guys, in particular one guy who represents himself in all of his entertaining Italian color. Despite his wig, Vin acts pretty well here... reminding me that he was in that short where he cries and stuff before he was ever XXX or Riddick or whatever Action star... I guess it's largely his performance that makes the movie interesting though so if you don't buy it, you don't like the film.
I enjoyed it though... kept me actively interested, and gave me a really interesting jolt at the end. Spoilers from here on out.
They're found not guilty. Throughout the whole movie you're sort of rooting for Vin. Even though you know all these guys are gangsters, you're still rooting for them. But then at the end when they all get off, you're supposed to feel triumphant but... it means all those gangsters got off after all that money was spent to convict them in the longest case ever blah blah blah... they are back to the rackets and drugs and whores and whatever else they're into... except fot the guy who you're supposed to like the most who is already in jail and doesn't get released... So it's a very emotionally conflicting ending... really makes you wonder if the movie should've been made in that way, portraying the prosecutor so antagonistically and the mob lawyers in such a kind light.
oh well. next!