I really wanted to love this raw and extremely emotional documentary, in which we spend most of our time with the falsely accused rapists of a shocking crime in the late 80's, in which a female jogger was brutally raped and almost killed, in what some would say is one of New York's biggest criminal scandal. The truth is however, that as human and raw as the piece is, it is ultimately far to long and lacking in simple focus. The film kicks in around the 2 hour mark and although this may seem like your getting more content for your buck, Central Park Five really plods along for the first hour at a snails pace, I understand it is taking time to set the scene and give us a human insight into the 5 boys, wrongfully accused of the disgusting crime, but it goes over board, leaving the first hour feeling like your watching a drunk piss into the wind. Luckily however the 2nd hour comes into its own and finally finds the solidity it needs to actually make you sit up and pay attention. The problem with this documentary is that it doesnt seem to known what it wants to be, are we having a look at the American justice system, are we looking at mob mentality, are we looking at the lives of the men who were imprisoned for a decade? It is quite okay for a film to touch all of these subjects and I wouldnt expect it any other way, however the film doesnt seem to know what its main message is, meaning we cant fully get behind its reasoning, which is a shame because there is a lot of powerful and controversial material in here to sink your teeth into, it just takes Central Park Five an hour to really begin to hone into what it wants to be. Worth a watch but I doubt we will be raving about it in years to come.