Review – Conviction

If you had a sibling go to jail for a crime they claim they didn’t commit, how far would you go to help them out? That’s the question posed by ‘Conviction’ that tells the true story of Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) who puts herself through law school to represent her brother Kenny Waters (Sam Rockwell) after he is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. ‘Conviction’ has a solid cast who all deliver fine performances but the story is too predictable and lacks the grit to make it more than just a ‘made for TV’ movie.

The cast of ‘Conviction’ are terrific with everyone pulling equal weight; Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell complement each other well and deliver two very down to earth performances. Melissa Leo is great as a female police officer with an axe to grind, Minnie Driver makes a small comeback to the big screen as a smart mouth law student and stealing the show in a small cameo is Juliette Lewis playing trailer trash the only way Juliette Lewis can.

The story plods along at a medium pace but is far too predictable to keep you hooked. As the main characters try to prove Kenny’s innocence it’s a case of one step forward, two steps back as you inch closer to the conclusion which is way too obvious from the outset.

‘Conviction’ is great for the cast but fails to deliver on every other level, a pretty plain legal drama.


The Popcorn Junkie