When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend, Carl King, devotes his life to proving Colin’s innocence. Adapted from This American Life, this is the incredible true story of their harrowing quest for justice.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2017
Having volunteered for several years in a max security prison I can really identify with this movie. Not that I believe that every prisoner who says they are innocent is, but that there are plenty of them who are or who have received unjustly, harsh sentences. The acting sets and situations are very real. I'm glad this movie did not go into the usual routine of prisoner abuse, sexual mistreatment and violence. There is plenty of that in prison, but here we are focused on the people not, so much, the situation. We all know that the prison system in this country is full of problems; too many to go into here. If we are to solve this situation, more people on the outside need to get busy and create a society that incarcerates as few people as possible. The determination and love shown this prisoner by his family and friends is not always available to a prisoner. It's easy, when those heavy, metal, clang closed behind you to feel lost and alone and give up hope. I didn't find this movie boring or slow. I could only watch and acknowledge how my patience it took for the wheels of our legal system to turn. If you think prison is THE answer to crime, please watch this movie and learn how unfair prosecution and penalty can be. I think you will find this film informative and, perhaps, open our eyes about how we punish people in this country.
The people in this movie that surrounded Colin were inspiring. My heart broke for Colin, his grandmother, mother, family & friends. Injustices happen on purpose, by mistake, by laziness, and by spite. Some law firms/lawyers will try to bankrupt you financially with cases. If you can negotiate a "flat rate" with no limit to hours, time, and continuous appeals, filings great. I have seen or heard others give up the fight. Sometimes when GOD adds pressure to you in life (in a cell our outside of one) it's the time to push further, farther, and faster. God Bless Colin and his family. God Bless those who continue to fight for injustice. Sometimes we all need an angel to lift our wings, so that we may soar. Thank you to the actors/cast/producers. Excellent job!
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017
I have been a long time donor to the Innocence Project. This makes me more certain than ever that we must not let these cases languish. This is a remarkable story. Watch it, share it, invite your friends to watch it and learn from it.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2017
Excellent movie-just wish it weren't based on a true story! This man, Collin, has tremendous convictions and a belief in goodness despite what was done to him for so many years. His friend would not stop until this wrong was righted. Those policemen/detectives that put Collin in jail should be ashamed of themselves. I only wish there were some way that they had to do the same hard 21 years in prison for the crime of putting away an innocent man. It is hard to believe that this type of injustice can occur in these United States of America. Random acts of injustice can cause tremendous pain for innocent individuals. We all need to realize that lies have consequences. Telling the truth is hard sometimes, but it still needs to be done.
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2017
I heard the original story on the This American Life podcast while taking a long walk - it blew me away then and I had no idea that a film had been made. I wasn't going to watch it because I was sick with a bad cold and in the mood for something very light but this was so uplifting and hopeful. Wonderful that things turned around for this man. I hope those fighting for others keep fighting, tirelessly, until many more falsely-incarcerated individuals receive their freedom. The Innocence Project can surely use our support.
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017
This real life story was tragic and similar to that of Hurricane Carter, in which he was wrongfully accused of murder and sentenced. It shows that some detectives will do ANYTHING to get promoted and make a name for themselves at the expense of someone losing years of their life in which they can never regain.
Although he was able to get out of prison 20+ years later, this should have never been allowed to happen. It would have been nice to see the detectives who put him there go to prison for lying under oath and the numerous other charges the state could have applied.
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2019
There is a very clear political message to this movie. Blacks are subject to grave injustices and Republicans are to blame.
The crime Mr. Colin Warner was wrongly and unjustly accused of was murder, not a Federal but a state crime. Yet, within the first 30 minutes of the movie, the director chose to have two cut-aways, one with Reagan and the other with Bush, implicating both men in this injustice. The Governor of NY during this period was Mario Cuomo, a Democrat and the Mayor of NYC was Koch and Dinkins, both Democrats. If a politician was to blame for this, look to Cuomo, Koch and Dinkins.
Further, while the injustices to Mr. Warner were no doubt egregious, it might have been helpful for the director to provide some context. NYC, at that time, was dangerous and blacks were on the receiving end of most murders. Of course, convicting innocent black men only adds to this tragedy. But if the point of the director is that the US justice system is imperfect; I agree, but who said it was? Which criminal justice system is perfect? Every unsolved murder is also a failure of the criminal justice system.
I wanted to like this movie but it tried too hard to push a very pointed political agenda that was just not honest.