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2nd Chance (2022)




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In 1969 a bankrupt pizzeria owner, Richard Davis, invented the modern-day bullet proof vest. To prove that it worked, he shot himself -- point blank -- 192 times. He launched Second Chance, which became the largest body armor company in the world, saving over 3,000 lives. Charming and brash, Davis also directed over eight hours of cult marketing films, both violent and humorous, and became a celebrity figure among police and gun owners across the country. But when a police officer dies wearing a Second Chance vest, Davis's friend and employee becomes a government whistleblower in a case against the company. This exploration of Davis' rise and fall reveals a man of contradictions, decades of reckless lies and threats and the nature of power and impunity in America.


Critic Reviews for 2nd Chance

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

There are so many incredibly entertaining pieces to Richard's saga, allocated into potent chapters, and Bahrani is in masterful control of their larger meaning.

February 1, 2022 | Full Review…

Bahrani, so acclaimed for being a filmmaker with an eye on injustice, fails to reckon with one of his more pressing themes, treating the daily, terroristic violence of the police state as an accepted and unquestioned fact of this particular American life.

January 26, 2022 | Full Review…

A rich film that nevertheless calls regular attention to any of the even richer (if perhaps less entertaining) films it might have been.

January 24, 2022 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Bahrani has made a good film, albeit one with a tremendous closing twist that I felt pointed to what could instead have been a great film.

January 23, 2022 | Full Review…

A film which grows the more it peels back the layers of this walking conundrum.

March 31, 2022 | Full Review…

Defiant, charming, and clearly deluded, Richard Davis of Ramin Bahrani's documentary, 2nd Chance, never met an accusation he couldn't dodge.

January 28, 2022 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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