Reviewed by: Hillari Hunter
|Featuring||Denzel Washington, Deborah Unger, Liev Schreiber, Vicellous Shannon, John Hannah|
|Producer||Norman Jewison, Armyan Bernstein, John Ketcham|
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was a great boxer. He had made a name for himself despite a troublesome childhood. When three people are brutally shot and killed in a New Jersey bar, Carter, along with another man, are pulled in by the police for identification. Due to the tampering of facts and evidence by a local copy, Carter is falsely accused of the crime and sentenced to life. It does not help that Carter already has a juvenile crime record, and many are jealous of his success as a boxer. Determined not to let the system break him, Carter writes a book about his experiences with life to keep himself sane.
Years later, a teenaged boy, Lesra, finds Carter’s biography and starts corresponding with the boxer. They form a friendship which leads to the boy, and later, his guardians, believing that Carter is innocent. They work to uncover the years of lies that have kept the Hurricane in jail.
Denzel Washington continues to prove that he is a powerhouse actor, in what is perhaps his best role since “Malcolm X”. He portrays Carter first as a man who has accepted his fate, but when he realizes that there are good people who care, begins to find hope again that justice will be served. Vicellious Reon Shannon is good as the teenager who can relate to Carter’s background, and refuses to give up on him.
The violence mainly consists of the murders that Carter was accused of, and an earlier scene where a would-be child molester is assaulted. There is no sex at all, but plenty of foul language and racial slurs. Despite of the things that might be offensive to many in the Christian audience, I highly recommend this film because of its core message: never give up fighting for what’s right.