Back in sixth grade, I read 12 Angry Men, and I enjoyed it. That may have been partially attributed to the fact that we acted out a play for three days, instead of diagraming sentences, but that is neither here nor there. But it really pains me to say that the acting ability shown in the film may have been slightly stronger than the talent shown in my sixth grade english class. I’m sure that if Henry Fonda had been a member of my class, it would have been a far more memorable experience.
So basically the movie is about 12 jurors (who at the beginning are not angry), who must decide the fate of a 18 year old boy charged with first degree murder. When the case is presented it seems fairly obvious that the boy is guilty, but when the jurors vote “guilty” or “not guilty” only 11 of them vote “guilty”, leaving Henry Fonda to change their minds.
It has been said that My Big Fat Greek Wedding is the biggest sleeper movie of all time (a movie that costs little money to make, but bring in a lot of revenue), but I’m thinking 12 Angry Men is giving it a run for it’s money. The movie only had a maximum of sixteen actors, and only took place in four different settings. So obviously the film must be incredibly gripping to keep your attention while you are locked in the same room and the same actors for an hour and a half. Thank goodness the acting was impeccable and the dialogue was amazing. And though the plot of the movie seems so simple, it has so many complex and thought provoking messages. Who knew that 12 sweaty men could be so inspiring. I only wish that I had been able to see the faces of the defendant and the lawyers after the men had made their decision.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Angry Men