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MAKING A BID FOR FREEDOM; MOVIES.

Byline: DAVID EDWARDS

CONVICTION

Cert 15, 107mins

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Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell certainly throw themselves into in this true-life crime drama. But Conviction wouldn't look out of place as a Channel 5 matine and sits uneasily on the big screen.

Rockwell plays a Massachusetts loser called Kenny Waters who's jailed for the 1980 murder of a neighbour. Convinced he is innocent, his sister Betty Anne (Swank) enrols at law school in a bid to secure his freedom. Not only that, she's also raising two children single-handedly while trying to hold down a waitressing job.

Aside from the over-exuberant Rockwell and the hammy Swank looking as if they've gone a t mad, Conviction isn't a bad film.

Also featuring appearances by Juliette Lewis and Minnie Driver, it merely trundles at medium speed from one well-signposted plot twist to the next.

The storyline also conveys the lingering suspicion that Kenny actually did it.

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HAMMY: Swank and Rockwell CAMEO: Lewis
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 14, 2011
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