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Cyrus: You used the phrase "furious anger" in your review, so of course I couldn't think of anything but Samuel L. Jackson in "Pulp Fiction" for the rest of it.
I know this story, I don't think I'd want to watch this because it would be too infuriating. I hate this kind of mob mentality where people are out for blood instead of truth of justice but use it as an excuse to feel justified for ganging up unfairly on someone or something, and this case is an ugly result of that.
Movie pissed me off. Very frustrating.
But i did have a nagging thing the whole time... Why weren't Echols and his pals screaming the walls down with their innocence? Man i wouldn't have been sitting there all cool and smiling.
@movieartman, the problem with that outlook is, what happens when there's overwhelming evidence that keeps pilling up that back them being innocent? Are prosecuters still serving the system then or their own agendas. Their responsibility should be to the truth should it not, and also trying to find the real culprit when they are possibly still out there? Sorry but when new evidence surfaces that pretty overwhelmingly suggests that they were innocent and they basically ignore it and still try to keep them in jail, that seems to support Cyrus' point of view on the situation more than yours. If you think these people don't have agendas than you're pretty ignorant to the world in general, no legal system is perfect, least of all ours. Sometimes we need reminding that this is the case.
That being said, I do agree it is a little hypocritical of Cyrus to be ready to lock up Terry Hobbs and throw away the key over very flimsy evidence presented in a somewhat biased documentary. It is worth looking up some more information on the case, there are several facts the documentary leaves out. Everything is not as cut and dry as the documentary presents it, even if I agree that there was enough reasonable doubt to look at the case again.
Kinda reminds me of the Rubin "Hurricane" Carter story. With the exception that he was a black boxer in 60s New Jersey and these were a bunch of goth kids in 80s Arkansas. That and Carter has his own 8 1/2 minute Bob Dylan song.
I wonder if either of you guys have ever seen the documentary After Innocence. Had the most chilling moment I've ever seen on film of a prosecutor saying that it wasn't important that the guilty or innocent party was in jail as long as the system didn't appear wrong.
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