MVFF: Conviction (B)

I didn’t know the story of Conviction going into it. The film is based on one of those Innocence Project “DNA frees the wrongly convicted” stories that made the Oprah and Larry King rounds a few years ago. Hilary Swank delivers a superb performance as the sister of (Sam Rockwell), service time for murder. Rockwell is also very good, but it’s a small part compared to Swank’s. What I particularly liked about this film is that although one generally knows where this is going — there aren’t any major plot twists along the way — director Tony Goldwyn keeps you interested. It’s beautifully paced and the cast are all good. Swank is so good, that I predict a real shootout between her and Annette Bening for the Best Actress statue.

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