12 Angry Men
Can anyone believe this?
An entire movie, which is shot inside a single room would become one of the classics, and yet become a top grosser?
Can a 1957 movie still be relevant?
Is that possible?
The answer is yes, and the celluloid classic is 12 Angry Men from the director Sidney Lumet, produced by Henry Fonda, who also starred in the lead character.
In one word this movie just stripped off the American Judiciary.
The movie begins with the Judge's order to deliberate a case of a young man who was acquiesced of stabbing his own father to death.
The Judge asks the members of Jury to give an unanimous verdict, and the poor boy's face fades out as the Juries assembles themselves inside their room.
Except only one of the juries all the members decide that the lad is guilty. Only one man differs and he argues with the fellow members and eventually lead to the acquittal of the lad.
What makes this film so special and very relevant even today is the way it handles the characters and presents the varied responses of individuals.
One of the juries wanted to attend the baseball match and he cast his vote just like that, which is severely condemned by other juries.
A jury was very upset with his own son, who choose to stay away from him and this problem reflects in the verdict. He wanted to punish his own son but he cannot do that, so he is very stubborn in punishing the young lad.
What a subtle portrayal and mockery of the way justice is served. It is often served from the personal opinions and prejudices of the people who are at the helm of affairs.
When the head high juries speak very low of people live in slums one among them springs out and shouts that do not judge that all of them are the same. The way he bombards and speaks up for the slum kids is really very emotional.
As the juries comes from various fields and lifestyles their personal views and opinion counts for the life of the acquiesced.
Most of the juries did not realize the value of the human life, all they wanted was to get the task at hand done and be off to their routines.
Yet one man resolve to stand by the justice, and argues for the acquittal.
It is a must watch movie for the classic movie lovers.
Though shot inside a single room this movie makes you sit on the edge of your seat, gives you laughter, thrills you, enthralls you and gives you a better understanding of the human beings around you.
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