As children, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) and her brother, Kenny (Sam Rockwell), survived bad parenting and poverty by leaning on each other for support. Kenny grows up to be something of a troublemaker, eventually being convicted for a murder he swears he didn't commit. His sister believes him and, without even a high-school diploma, sets about going to law school in order to figure out a way to free him. She gets a GED, then graduates law school with the help of her only friend (Minnie Driver). She eventually gets the attention of O.J. Simpson defense attorney Barry Scheck (Peter Gallagher), who runs an organization devoted to overturning wrongful convictions by analyzing DNA evidence with tests that were unavailable at the time the cases were tried. When he agrees to help her -- if she can find the old blood evidence -- Betty plows her way through the legal complications that stand between her brother and his freedom. Tony Goldwyn directs this drama inspired by a true story. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Good film, well acted, based on a true story that will simultaneously stir conflicting emotions of anger, empathy and appreciation for the love of this sister for her brother as exemplified in this tale of injustice and the eventual reversal she was able to achieve against formidable odds.
Overall this was a great story from which to make a movie, telling an important message of human triumph and sacrifice, especially for a faithful family member, at all costs.
The flashbacks were sadly, pitifully, realistic. Why is it we STILL have children who live like Kenny and Betty Ann lived as kids?
Hillary Swank makes the transition from an unpolished east coast girl whose accent just made me SQUIRM to a respected, sought after member of the legal community.
Sam Rockwell will tear your heart out. A must see.