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Redemption Reviews

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July 14, 2015
Interesting, but disappointed look at the man who founded the L.A. gang, The Crips. Jamie Foxx is good, but some of the rest of the film falls flat.
½ April 1, 2015
descent bio-pic of sorts.
August 22, 2013
Decent wouldn't watch again, or really recommend it to anyone. But Foxx's performance was commendable
Super Reviewer
½ May 29, 2013
The story about the man who started gang violence and the Crips gang, named Stan "Tookie" Williams, is definitely shaky, but still good. If the film had a bigger budget, a more present soundtrack, and was written a few years later, it would have been Oscar-material. You can tell this was filmed very cheaply, but that's not much of a problem. The biggest problem is the ending, which was left running a tad dry. It's even more agonizing to know that Tookie died in prison only a year after this film's release, which means had the filmmakers waited a while, they could have incorporated a deep and emotionally rich ending. Of course, nobody knew that would have happened, so you can't place the blame on anyone. Jamie Foxx is good, but he's not going to win over any awards. Tookie is an interesting character though; it's always a treat to watch an intellectual speak out and declare what he thinks right and wrong. Even though the film has it's shortcomings, it's still a good film, considering the budget it was made on.
May 28, 2013
Not the best jail movie but its a true story about the creator of the crips worth watching for sure.
August 23, 2012
This movie is this shit
July 24, 2012
awful direction and pacing, besides Jamie Foxx the acting was average.
July 7, 2012
Not really inspiring yet entertaining enough.
½ February 8, 2012
Jamie's performance in this is fantastic
½ June 9, 2011
The Founder of the Crips, wrote Books for School Kids,while in Prison, so they do NOT become Gang Members.Powerful Movie, Jamie Fox Gave a Memorable Performace.
February 27, 2011
top must see 10 out of 10
November 6, 2010
Any true story this inspirational deserves a high rating!!!
July 26, 2010
It reminded me of The Hurricane, except this guy, Tookie, really did some horrible things. He published kids books and a memoir and spoke to kids about peace and ending gang violence. Who can know a man's true heart but God? REDEMPTION - give it some thought!
His death penalty was carried out in Dec. 2005.
July 20, 2010
This was an FX original movie that came out last year. Karen brought the video home because she wanted to find out more about the guy and all the controversy that's been generated. The movie plays like a low budget, made-for-TV, but was entertaining, especially the work of Jamie Foxx, which only continues to get better. The movie left me thinking - did I get the whole story or did am I being manipulated? For example, the killings that put Tookie in jail were just a fleeting slo-mo - no facts were offered. Movie aside, the issue gets to the heart of capitial punishment as a mean of dispensing justice. Can a person committing the ultimate crime be redeemed through community service having worldwide impact? If this case does not demonstrate "rehabilitation", does "rehabilitation" have any meaning at all in America's penal system? It seems as if each death row case needs to be reviewed and scrutinized very carefully on a case-by-case basis before state-sponsored killing can be justified. There is plenty to consider here before another life can rightfully be taken.
½ June 25, 2010
Good acting by Foxx. Nothing else really thrilled me.
January 20, 2010
Jamie Foxx flat out makes this movie awesome. It's the true (and surprisingly accurate) story of Stan "Tookie" Williams who was the founder of the notorious LA gang the Crips which has now become one of the biggest and most notorious gangs in the country. The story is told through the eyes of Williams as he takes a look back through all the events in his life that led him to start the gang, what it became, and how it led to his downfall. This notorious gangster while imprisioned eventually settles down, begins to read and write, becomes a Christian and turns his situation into an inspiring one for others by writing a series of award winning childrens books aganist gang violence. It grows to the point where he receives a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize while on death row. This movie contains all of the information about Williams life, but more importantly how he impacted others once he realized he had wasted his.
½ December 30, 2009
film sympa et attachant tire d une histoire vraie
belle interpretation de jamie foxx
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