Incendiary: The Willingham Case (2011)
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In 1991, Cameron Todd Willingham's three daughters died in a Corsicana, Texas house fire. Tried and convicted for their arson murders, Willingham was executed in February 2004 despite overwhelming expert criticism of the prosecution's arson evidence. Today, Willingham's name has become a call for reform in the field of forensics and a rallying cry for the anti-death penalty movement; yet he remains an indisputable "monster" in the eyes of Texas Governor Rick Perry, who ignored the science that
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Alarming viewing for anyone who cares about the American justice system.
Raises interesting and important questions but suffers from poor organization and glosses over or ignores inconvenient facts.
It's a sobering look at the danger of fallible people making irreversible decisions.
Mr. Martin is confident in his convictions. The filmmakers are confident about their science. Justice, this strong documentary asserts, is at risk in the division.
It's too bad that Steve Mims and Joe Bailey, Jr.'s documentary Incendiary doesn't reach more effectively beyond those who already share its assumptions.
As sober as a lab report, the excellent documentary metes out its findings with calm precision.
Rather flatly told but still engaging throughout, this doc should appeal to both newsmagazine junkies and those impassioned by the death penalty debate.
starts as a meticulous deconstruction of injustice, but ends up feeling more like an elaborate, preaching-to-the-choir anti-Perry campaign film
Documentary about injustice piles on facts still needs to make a cinematic case [with] better graphics and clearer explanations. . .Fire images visually drown out reasoning.
Despite the occasional broad-brush stroke, the filmmakers refuse to tell the viewer which side to take. There's no big-bang ending that tells the audience, once and for all, where the film or filmmakers stand.
Through the use of visuals and extensive interviews, Mims and Bailey have turned the Willingham case into a gripping saga.
Incendiary contends that even if it's too late to save Todd Willingham, it's also long past time for the officials who ignored this obligation, Rick Perry included, to own up.
A formally conventional but provocative, and perhaps even important, piece of non-fiction pleading, worthy of being on a double bill with another bit of Texana, Errol Morris' 'The Thin Blue Line.'
Like a match being lit to a tinderpile of flimsy evidence that led to the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham in Texas in 2004.
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