Timothy's Review of Conviction
It's not total balls, which makes it Tony Goldywn's best film by default. It's still pretty crappy though - the story just plods along without ever taking time to explore anything of remote interest. For instance, the transformation from trailer-trash mother to lawyer might have been interesting, but Betty Anne just kinda goes ahead and does it. There's no real sense of passing time, outside of Sam Rockwell's makeup. There are also interesting characters, like the cop played by Melissa Leo - but the screenplay seems more interested in selling Minnie Driver as Swank's sassy and funny best friend. Honestly, it would be far more rewarding to just go and watch the Emma Thompson scenes from [i]In the Name of the Father[/i].