Based on a true story,
Conviction is the powerful drama about a sisters search for justice as
she sacrifices a large part of her life to free her brother from prison.
Conviction is also masterfully directed by Tony Goldwyn who creates an
extremely realistic drama from start to finish.
Through careful flashbacks, we learn
that siblings Betty (Hilary Swank) and Kenny (Sam Rockwell) had a strong bond between them and
although their mother was neglected them, they were moved from foster
home to foster home but somehow the two remained close throughout the
As an adult,
Betty became married and had two children, whereas Kenny remained the
loveable rogue who continued getting intro trouble with the law until
one day, he is arrested by detective Nancy Taylor (Melissa Leo) because
brutal death of a local woman. To compound the situation for Kenny, his
knife is found at the scene with both his ex-partners informing police
that Kenny had told them that he killed this woman.
With the evidence
implicating Kenny, he is
found guilty for the murder of this woman and is sentenced to life
imprisonment. After Kenny exhausts the appeal system in America and
almost a decade later, his
sister Betty has still not given up on him and does the unthinkable and commences
her law degree. In her path to become a lawyer, Betty
has sacrificed quite a bit for her brother with her husband leaving her
and finally, her two teenage sons deciding to move in with their father
due to their mother being too preoccupied.
With assistance from her
close friend Abra (Minnie Driver) whom she met in law school and with a benevolent
organisation that uses DNA testing to assist wrongly imprisoned
individuals, they soon discover that the evidence gathered by the police
was unjustly gathered by the vindictive Nancy Taylor and DNA may prove
the key to freedom for Kenny. As DNA testing was
not available during the conviction of Kenny, Betty discovers that the
evidence has been destroyed but through some act of god and her
persistence, she learns that the evidence is still intact as she leads the
appeal for her brother due to the new evidence found. This is the story
of Betty Anne Waters and a the love of a brother and a sister.
With that said, Conviction is a
very powerful movie that will pull at your heart strings and one cannot
help but admire the determination of Betty Waters who is played
perfectly by Hilary Swank. The acting by all involved in this movie is truly a
treat to watch, whether it's the fun but sometimes dangerous Kenny
played by Sam Rockwell or Owen Campbell as Betty's son Ben, they are
brought together perfectly by the director.
Video, Audio & Special Features
The Blu-ray quality of this film is quite natural in this 1080p transfer with some
great attention to detail. The highlight of the video is the contrast
between the memories of the siblings to the tough and gritty reality to
where they are today. Audio supports the video well with a 5.1 DTS-HD
Master Audio mix that contains extremely clear dialogue, sounds and
music. The only real extra for this movie is a A Conversation with Tony
Goldwyn and Betty Anne Waters that is a discussion between the real
Betty Anne Waters. It is quite a powerful extra and very sad at the same
It's a shame that such a powerful movie has a lack of
special features but even so, the movie more than makes up for this.