I Just Didn't Do It (Soredemo boku wa yattenai) (2006)
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Critic Reviews for I Just Didn't Do It (Soredemo boku wa yattenai)
Throughout the overlong running time, Suo keeps us gripped with a witty, insightful approach.
Righteously infuriating in its comprehensive portrait of a system that values public approval ratings and a high conviction rate above the truth.
Audience Reviews for I Just Didn't Do It (Soredemo boku wa yattenai)
The makers must have been quite daring to create such a film bearing remarkable characteristics like:
--> having a plot where you know in advance where it's gonna end before the movie even begins
--> script involving a paper-thin plot
--> no usual family drama or romantic story or some action thriller
---> above all, making it run beyond 135 minutes!!!
I guess the movie was made so long so that one can realize how long the suffering is. Maybe for the same reason, the title is "Soredemo boku wa yattenai" instead of short and suitable 99.99%. If you don't know how the legal system works, this critical approach may provide you some insight. Sometimes the miscarriage of justice can be justified because the "reasonable doubt" simply can't be verified exactly. The actors pitch in a decent performance managing to not let it get loud & soapy, but IMO the movie didn't need to be this long to make its point. Yet having said that, I wasn't awfully bored by it, and found it a watchable fare for myself. That may not be the general opinion, of course.
Chillin, frustrating, revolting and the list of adjectives goes on. A sharply written and directed criticism towards a justice system based on public acceptance instead of the persecution of justice. The movie wisely avoids easy routes and traps of the genre. No big emotive speech, no outrageous over the top melodramatic antics. Burocracy is a painful elevator that never seems to stop, and is always playing the same damn song. The detectives, and even the second judge are never portrayed as "evil" characters, they are just pieces of a big well oiled machine. Molesting a woman is not the real crime they chase, but the refusal of somebody to admit they did it, even if they didn't. Refusing to do the "honorable" thing in a situation where there is hardly any honor. Where molesting a woman is pretty much like paying a ticket for parking in the wrong place, and even that is probably a more expensive affair.
No big shocks, no gore, and yet this was more shocking and scary than watching a dozen of stupid "torture-porn" flicks in a row. It's scary not only because it's real, but because of how little it seems that it can be done to change this horror.
WOW! What a view of the justice system. Beyond a shadow of a doubt means nothing here. Screening was packed at the Philadelphia Film Festival 2008.
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