12 Angry Men Reviews
The movie starts with one man's decision to plead not guilty. The man pleading not guilty, Davis, is almost single-handily responsible of saving the kids life. The way Davis brings pleads not guilty to the 11 angry jurors is very logical and intelligent. By using strong details that change the minds of the court room one by one; Davis leads the court room into the logical progression of facts just like a professional lawyer would. The moment where the viewers and jurors started to become doubtful on their decisions is when Davis present the same type of knife as the victims on the table. The major twist and presentation of the knife is priceless and is a majoring turning point of the movie's intensity level. The wonder of mystery of how and why Davis has the knife leads the viewers to believe that he is on to something bigger than just a rebellion against the group. The movie, after the knife is presented, starts to intensely pick up. Davis is clearly the main person of the movie.
Each character in the movie is unique and very well thought of. No two jurors seems the same. The unique characters bring different perspectives on the case. One of the jurors is a man raised in the same type of way as the kid on trial. Throughout the movie, viewers can sense the man's emotional connection to each bit of evidence. The man can relate mainly because he could at least relate through the struggle the kid is going through. Another unique type of character is business man who is always indifferent to the case as the evidence is presented. I thought this is because the man has no prior experience with this type of life style and has no common ground to connect on. The man and the kid's life style are too different for the man to make a reasonable decision. I find each characters view's on the case in question one of the movies strongest and most creative element. The fresh views bring a sense of completion to the case. All the different interjections by each character makes the case feel complete and leads the viewer to feel happy about the ending the movie. A movie that lets the audience connect to the story's feeling will always be one to remember.
The best element the movie has to offer is how the characters bring up evidence. As I previously explained, each character brings a unique perspective on the case on a personal level. Each bit of evidence had a unique emotional response from each character. For example, Juror #4 presented his form of evidence like he was a professor. When Juror #4 presented the fact that he could remember the name of a movie even under extreme emotion stress he was very polite when proved wrong by Davis. If any other character were to bring up the same bit of evidence the reaction would have been very different. The movie often made me think what if the cranky old juror #3 would have been proved wrong in the same way juror #4 would of? I think juror #3 would have reacted the same way as he did when he threatened to kill Davis. The characters react in such a unique way makes the movie stand out in very different way. Without any type of backstory the audience can predict how each person will uniquely present arguments.
The general idea of the movie may sound boring to some people, but will surely surprise the viewer. The movie is full of intense emotional drama that makes for a good show. The peak of emotional tension leads juror #3 and Davis to get into an argument. Beforehand juror #3 brings up the point that if the accused kid says "I am going to kill you" he most certainly means it. As juror #3 gets to the breaking point he becomes enraged and burst out "I'll kill ya!". Davis quickly responses with "You don't really mean that". After that scene the viewer could tell the intensity of the actions by each character is changing their view points. This scene is important because it really made me think about what I believed personally about the case. I felt as if I was in the jury room with the 12 angry men. I found myself believing more and more on the non-guilty evidence as the movie went by, just like how the characters one-by-one went to the other verdict.
The main progression of the movie is fast and fulfilling, but the movie also slowly brings a repetitive feel towards the end. Near the end of the film the points brought up seem to be already made, this may causing the viewers to become bored. The movie holds a sense of mystery of what the outcome of the jury will be, until a little after half way. Viewers pick up that the movie is going to end with everyone pleading not guilty but the movie continues to drag on about pieces of information already brought up. Yes, the information they bring up is very important to the case, but the sense of wanting the movie to "just end already" is still felt. The director was on the right track of refreshing the viewer near the end. For example, when juror #3 was the only one left to change his vote, he had an episode. This scene was enough to cause the break in repetition, but it felt like it was out of character. There is not enough back story on the man to judge whether or not a mental breakdown is in character or not. If we were judging based off the movie, it seemed confusing and not natural. The focus of the movie is not about getting to know the characters, so the question of character is not any reason to ignore watching it.
The movie "12 Angry Men" mixes the elements of emotion and intense character actions in such a way that makes the movie hard to keep away. The movie shows the importance of every bit of detail in a way that is amazing and unique. Each character in the movie shows importance and significance, making the movie a must watch for people looking for a classic. There is no point of avoiding this movie if you are looking for a well-directed trip into the jury room.
DO NOT WATCH FOR ANY REASON.
Every actor in this movie has a very different personality. Some are in a hurry to get to a ball game. Some sweat a lot. Some don't sweat at all. Some sway where ever the wind blows. Some can be merciful and some can be executioners. Yet all 12 play a major role in whether an 18 year old lives or dies.
12 Angry Men was released in 1957. It's a film listed in the Criterion collection. It is also found on the IMDB top 250 list. 12 Angry Men is proof that a movie doesn't need to be in color or filmed in a trillion different locations to be interesting. Without seeing any of the trial the entire story is explained in one, very hot, room by 12 different men. This movie is a must see for everyone.