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The Hurricane
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: www.the-hurricane.com
Kiddie Movie: Adult subjects, they'd probably be bored.
Date Movie: She might cuddle.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Some boxing and shootings.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: A chuckle or two.
Memorable Scene: No scene stands out.
Memorable Quote: It's a timing thing, but the conversation between two people starts "You're black." "You're white."
Directed By: Norman Jewison
Produced By: Armyan Bernstein, John Ketcham, Norman Jewison

The Hurricane
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:26 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
There seems to be a similarity for most movies out right now and that similarity is long. Yep, the movies are, well, long, and sometimes for good reasons, like to develop a full story line, sometimes for goofy reasons, like to develop a full story line, and sometimes for bad reasons, like to develop a full story line. "The Hurricane" is long, by my definition any movie clocking over two hours is long, and it takes a lot to make me forget that. A few movies have, like "Titanic," "Saving Private Ryan," and lastly "The Green Mile." The story clicks well, the acting is great, and you forget you've been in the theater for a while. Unfortunately "The Hurricane" didn't do the same. Don't get me wrong, "The Hurricane" is a good film, and Denzel Washington does a fantastic job as Rubin Carter, but the movie just seemed long, at least to me, and that was too bad.

"The Hurricane" works to tell the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. The gist of the story kinda goes: Rubin's had some troubles in his younger days and has some run-ins with some racist cops. Rubin ends up in the juvi-house, escapes, and ends up in the military. Rubin comes home but the cops find him and send him to jail. Rubin decides to be a boxer when he gets out of jail. Rubin becomes a great boxer but the racists don't like this. Rubin gets set-up for a murder, goes back to jail, and writes a book. A kid and his Canadian friends find out about Rubin's plight because the kid buys his book. The kid and his Canadian friends find new, or maybe overlooked evidence for Rubin's case. A federal judge says Rubin can go free.

Alright, yea, the story is a little more involved, but that was the gist of it. You can see it's a little complex, and yea, it probably does take the two and a half hours to tell the tale, but there were too many times the telling of the tale dragged, maybe at no fault of the acting, but maybe mostly because you already know how the story ends.

Now, acting-wise I'll spotlight two people. First we've got Denzel as Rubin Carter. I don't know Rubin Carter, I've never seen Rubin Carter, but Denzel is great in the role, showing Rubin's transition from returned military guy, to in jail, to boxer, to pissed off at the system, to losing touch with reality so he can spend his time in jail, to finding reality and hope in his new friends, to just being sad that the system fucked him over. A great role, and he did it well, and might get the big nomination for best actor. With that I say if Denzel Washington gets the nomination for his portrayal as Rubin Carter and Jim Carrey gets the nom' for Andy Kaufman, I say put them in the ring and let them duke/wrestle it out for the award. I'm sorry, I digress, let's get back to the review.

The second person who deserves a lot of credit in this movie, and maybe even more than Denzel, is Vicellous Reon Shannon, playing Lesra, the kid who by fate picks up Rubin Carter's book at a book fair. His life hasn't been easy, and he portrays that. His life finds direction, and he portrays that. And his life becomes intertwined with Rubin's, whether Rubin likes it or not, and he portrays that. If he didn't portray that well, well, "The Hurricane" would have just sucked. Like in "The Green Mile" where the supporting actor ends up being more important, Lesra in "The Hurricane" does the same.

So, what about a rating? Well, I did like "The Hurricane" but thought it went on about 20 minutes too long. Don't ask me where to trim the movie because by doing so I'm sure some necessary elements would be lost, but all I know is I wasn't captivated to forget the movie was long. And so, with that, it's 4 stars out of 5 for "The Hurricane." Denzel and Vicellous do great jobs, but I just looked at my watch one too many times.

That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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