This is another Denzel movie, so you can be sure it will be engaging. Based on a true story about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a successful black boxer who was charged and sentenced for murders he did not commit, this movie actually has two stars. One of them you already know, but the other one is the director Norman Jewison, who has been working on a number projects that raised awareness about important political and social issues. He even worked with Denzel while making A Soldier’s Story back in 1984. Active since the sixties, Norman knew how to bring this subject closer to the audience and make them feel empathy. First of all, this isn’t movie about boxing or anything like that, this is a biopic that focuses on one faithful night when everything went wrong for our main man Rubin. The saddest thing is that nothing has changed and if the same thing happened again today, I think that the probability of him ending up in jail is still pretty high. If he survives the arrest, of course. Racism is one those issues that people like to talk about in certain terms and concepts and this movie follows that mantra. This is the reason why it was so successful and why people understood and loved it.

The Hurricane [1999] Movie Review Recommendation PosterIt is the year of our lord Satan 1966 and the war in Vietnam continues to escalate. In other news, USSR successfully landed a vehicle on the Moon and racism is still alive and well in USA. At the same time Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a successful boxer on a brink of making it. Very talented, he’s believed to be the next big thing in boxing, however all that is going to change when he’s charged with the triple murder he did not commit.

The Hurricane is a standard issue biopic done by the book. This means that it will play us as fiddle when it comes to emotions and this is especially apparent in a very emotionally charged final third of the movie, where few will be able to hold back. Everything was top notch: sound design, set design, costumes, camera work and pretty much everything else you can think of. At this point I should probably tell you that the true story part has been altered a bit and I will leave the link after the review if you want to know what have been changed.

Director: Norman Jewison

Cast: Denzel Washington,  Vicellous Reon Shannon,  Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger, Dan Hedaya, Clancy Brown

Wikipedia page: Rubin Carter

Differences between real-life and movie: The Hurricane: the facts of Rubin Carter’s life story are beaten to a pulp

Fun Facts: Denzel Washington trained for over a year with a boxing coach.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0174856/

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