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.