The Hurricane

Convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1967, boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (Denzel Washington) spent years asserting his innocence, growing increasingly hopeless until he was befriended by an American teenager living in Canada (Vicellous Reon Shannon). In this deeply moving biopic, some of the characters who rally to Carter’s defense seem like saints, and some who oppose him seem like demons. Yet the narrative–a complex structure of flashbacks and shifts in perspective that’s part inspirational story, part courtroom drama, part character study, part expose–never makes it seem that history is being oversimplified. Norman Jewison directed a screenplay by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon based on books by Carter and Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton; with Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, and John Hannah. Chatham 14, City North 14, Ford City, Gardens, 600 N. Michigan.

–Lisa Alspector