Any movie that's "based on a true story" feels like old hat these days.
Any movie that's "based on a true story" feels like old hat these days. It used to be a way to lure in the audience, but the term is so overused that it's lost effect. Conviction, which stars Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, is the latest drama to be written from real-life events, as it advertises on its poster. But the good news is that Swank and Rockwell's excellent performances save this one from being just another run-of-the-mill sentimental movie.
Swank stars as Betty Anne Waters, divorced mother of two boys and sister to Kenny (Rockwell). Kenny has been in jail for nearly 16 years, convicted of first-degree murder of a woman whose house Betty Anne and Kenny used to break into as kids for fun. In fact, Kenny has quite the rap sheet: from young delinquent to older man with a fiery temper, he's been a regular at the police station throughout his life. Yet despite his reputation, Betty Anne has the utmost faith in her brother. The film's title doesn't just represent Kenny's sentence, it's about Betty Anne's unwavering fortitude.
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