TCFF Day 3: Another based-on-a-true-story drama CONVICTION

TCFF scored another feat with this one, screening it two weeks before this is out on limited release. All four studio movies screened at Twin Cities Film Fest are inspired by real-life people, this time it’s about Betty Anne Waters, an unemployed single mother who spent nearly two decades putting herself through school to earn a law degree so she could represent her wrongly-convicted brother in court. Even just reading about her story I had tears in my eyes!

I wish I had been able to catch this one last night, I don’t know what came over me that I left this one out of my five flix to see list. The role of Betty Anne looks tailor-made for two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, and she surrounds herself with a great cast that includes Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis and Peter Gallagher. The actor/director/producer Tony Goldwyn, best known for playing Patrick Swayze’s nemesis in Ghost, helms this project. Waters’ remarkable story definitely makes for a compelling film, and one that’s bound to be noticed come Award season. Both Swank and Rockwell seem poised to get a few nominations for their intense performance.

Now, the trailer is pretty serviceable, but I was quite engrossed in it… until that score came on towards the end. Why in the world do they use the exact same one as in the Avatar trailer?? I mean, I actually quite like that score the first time I heard it, but I found it so distracting here I couldn’t even focus on the trailer once it came on. It’s like that Hans Zimmer Gladiator score that got recycled mercilessly, regardless of what movie or genre, or whether it even fit the mood of the story!

In any case, has anybody seen this movie? Well, what did you think?