Sunday, 20 September 2020
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 00:00

conviction-movie-2010Conviction is an inspiring drama about familial love that will get you right in the heart. Or at least, it got me thanks to some powerful performances and a story that shows not all love stories have to be about romance and baby making. Sometimes the love of family, in this case a brother and sister, can be just as powerful.

Swank and RockwellHilary Swank gives a powerful performance as Betty Anne Waters, a woman whose entire life changes when her brother is convicted of murder. She doesn’t doubt for one minute that her hot-headed brother is innocent, but she does what few of us could dream of doing. Dedicating her life to setting him free, the single mom puts herself through law school and becomes an attorney for the sole purpose of representing her brother. Meanwhile Kenny (Sam Rockwell) struggles to survive life in prison without any hope of parole.

Swank and Rockwell in ConvictionConviction tells a compelling story of love, loyalty and courage; it also makes us wonder how someone could fight so long and hard without any guarantees. Swank sometimes makes us doubt Betty Anne’s sanity, but admire her courage and loyalty.

There are a lot of good performances in this drama... and lots of bad teeth and uglified Hollywood celebrities – a sure sign that we’ll see this one come Oscar time. Minnie Driver is one of the surprise stand-outs as the resourceful best-friend. Sam Rockwell is brilliant as always as the charismatic Kenny. I think he’s one of the most underrated actors out there, and if you doubt it just watch his performance in the film Moon.

Conviction is a crowd pleaser.


Directed by Tony Goldwyn, Starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell.

The Innocence Project, featured in the film, is a real organization that uses DNA testing to help people wrongfully convicted of serious crimes.

As of August 2010, 258 people in the U.S. have been exonerated by DNA testing.