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I'm a big Connie Nielsen fan, so when I stumbled across this movie, I just had to see it.
This is a superb film, I'm surprised something like this gets overlooked. Charlotte (Connie Nielsen), a woman on death row for the murder of a young girl that was under her care prepares as she nears her date of execution. While Frank (Aiden Quinn) a disgraced lawyer turned writer attempts to get her last thoughts on paper, even if that involves lying about who he is. With no one in her life, it becomes clear that Charlotte has opened her heart to Frank as she heads to her execution. But as this connection between the two gets stronger, Frank begins to doubt Charlotte's guilt.
What follows is a story of intrigue that eventually reveals an incredible secret about Charlotte's family that ends up turning things to an epic conclusion. Connie Nielsen is a gem of an actress as well as a talented Aiden Quinn. Even Kelly Preston, who does a nice job as a defense attorney that helps out Nielsen and Quinn's characters. The storytelling is very interesting as it provides plenty of interesting teases into what is going on in the story. I enjoyed this movie.
Good storyline, not so good acting. Something to watch if you have nothing else to do but burn time.
Las películas sobre la pena de muerte abundan mucho en la última década en Estados Unidos, todas ellas con un claro mensaje en su contra. Ejemplos recientes son La Vida de David Gale, de Alan Parker, o Ejecución Inminente, del maestro Clint Eastwood. El danés Bille August, ganador del Oscar a la Mejor Película Extranjera por Pelle el Conquistador, da una nueva vuelta de tuerca a la misma historia de siempre, un reo condenado a muerte pero que no se sabe si realmente es culpable o no. La única novedad es que una mujer es la condenada a muerte, Charlotte (Connie Nielsen), y que un antiguo abogado corrompido, Frank (Aidan Quinn), será el encargado de investigar sobre su culpabilidad o inocencia.
Aunque el propio cineasta haya anunciado a los cuatro vientos que Sentencia de Muerte no es una película en contra de la pena capital, seguramente para no perder público en las zonas más conservadoras de Estados Unidos, en efecto se trata de un nuevo alegato en su contra. De hecho, se encuentran algunas similitudes con ese gran film de Clint Eastwood que es Ejecución Inminente, aunque el trabajo de August no llega a su altura. La trama es bastante simple, y hacia el medio el guión de Neal Purvis y Robert Wade va perdiendo fuerza, hasta hacerse un poco previsible. No llega a profundizar en exceso sobre la pena de muerte y las reacciones que provoca en la América profunda, sino que se centra más en las relaciones entre sus personajes. El buen hacer del cineasta danés consigue mantener la cinta más o menos a flote, dejando a Sentencia de Muerte en un mero entretenimiento, bien hecho eso sí.
Lo mejor, además de las interpretaciones de Aidan Quinn y Connie Nielsen, es el mensaje que lleva intrínseco Sentencia de Muerte. Una buena idea de partida, mal aprovechada.
Not quite a 7, but close. Good story, full of unexpected twists. The plot is completely ludicrous of course, but still remains entertaining. The nice cast helps.
Although not as good as as Bille August biggest movies, this is still worth your time.
[left]Nowadays, that Terminator (the Governator of California...) decides who must die and who not as if he was god, appears a film that questions how much useful is the death penalty. Connie Nielsen stars as a woman sent to death accused of having murdered a child. There's also her lawer (Kelly Preston) and a man who has send some letters to her, which bring a little hope to her. But she doesn't know that this man (Aidan Quinn) is someone who's selling the letters in order to publish them and gaining money. He's done that with other people sent to death. Aidan Quinn's character is the most amazing thing in the film, he evolutionates and becomes nearly charming (which is very foreseeable). The story has some surprises and changes its direction more than twice. It even changes too much. But is thrilling and interesting all the time, so it can't defraud a public who's come to the cinema searching for entertainment(notice something great: the only sex scene in the film deserves an applause). But it can defraud those who thought that after watching [i]Convicted[/i] they would learn many things. That's not the case. Maybe in the end of the film there are some "jokes" about the death penalty, or we can see during all the film those stupid people pronouncing in public with words like "she must die" and so on. But the film is focused too much in the relationship between the three characters when it's only a context.
This movie has "Lifetime movie of the week" written all over it. It's syrupy and over-the-top, and incredibly predictable. But it's fairly entertaining, and I didn't spend the entire time wondering when it was going to be over, so I guess that's saying something. This isn't a big standout, but it's not bad.
A gripping crime drama from Denmark that begins too slowly but gets its hooks into you once you meet Charlotte, the convicted baby killer, played by Connie Nielsen. I can't count myself as an Aidan Quinn fan, but he did a good job here, and Kelly Preston is excellent. I did not find the love angle convincing, however the overall movie is quality storytelling with a nice twist.
A suspenseful drama about a former lawyer who is working hard to free an inmate on the death row. Overall it has a great buildup of story. Too bad the ending is rather flat.
Embarrassed for the cast and crew. That bad.