Crown Heights (2017)
Critic Consensus: Crown Heights' heartbreaking fact-based narrative -- and LaKeith Stanfield's remarkable starring performance -- push this powerful drama past its structural flaws.
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The sole fresh twist, one that should have been more than enough to drive the show - one friend dedicating his life to exonerating the other - is repeatedly undermined by their unequal presentation.
Stanfield deftly balances rage and resignation, and Asomugha is impressive as a crusader who refuses to give up.
"Crown Heights" is soul-shaking only in the abstract. In execution, it's deathly dull.
Stanfield, in a performance of quiet power, fully inhabits Warner's agony at the injustice that is being done to him.
"Crown Heights" plows forward, steely in its resolve, and forgoes the emotional fireworks in favor of subdued, straightforward storytelling.
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It loses steam by the time it gets around to the investigation and exoneration portion of the movie. The reason is that this shift in the narrative forces the filmmakers to abandon their far more moving examination of the slow, agonizing way the criminal justice system and prison dehumanizes those trapped within them.
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