12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) Reviews
Each one of the men lays out their arguments to why they think the boy is guilty, and No. 8 counters with the possibility of some of the facts possibly not being true. He is not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt with some of the circumstantial evidence presented. As he begins to counter some of the evidence and testimonies of the case, he begins to persuade more and more jurors, despite strong resistance and anger from 3 particular jurors who are sure he is guilty. As the more and more get convinced they must counter the most staggering element in the case that a woman saw the boy kill the father. They question the witnesses eye sight, which convinces all but Juror No. 3 (Lee J. Cobb) who vehemently was angriest and most sure of the by being guilty throughout the film.
12 Angry Men is a powerful and riveting drama. It shows that how close a possibly innocent boy could have been taken to the chair had one juror not spoken up. The film does not show the case, which leaves the evidence and testimonies gradually unveil through the film. All the performances are brilliant and the film only features one location. The direction is superb and 12 Angry Men is without a doubt a timeless classic.
First film (1957) by Sidney Lumet, first and gigantic success and even
with nearly 60 years later, the film still has as much power. A superb
legal drama, a masterpiece, a magisterial behind-the-scenes, superbly
realized with an incredibly efficient scenario and which, in addition
to a remarkable interpretation of the actors of this masterpiece,
Anthology if any. A must.
Is that bold or stupid?
This beautifully filmed feature was made years before its time and even still shows the prejudice that is engulfed in Criminal Justice Systems all over the world, can 12 jurors really decide on something they never witnessed and only by what lawyers are telling them in court that will ultimately determine a young mans life?
From start to finish the film is set in one small and very warm room which shows how exceptional the cinematography and script was to keep the audience so indulged. I began to feel frustrated as I wasn't sure of my own decisions or if I thought the process was fair and was I going to get to see the GAME.
All the characters are placed perfectly in position with everyone having a fair and mannered point that leaves you wanting to know more about each of them. Mr Fonda is most notable in his performance but I give credit to every actor in that room and Mr Lumet himself.