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Showing posts with label Prison. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Prison. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

The Visit (2000)

"The Visit" (2000) is a prison drama movie written and directed by Jordan Walker-Pearlman, which he adapted from Kosmond Russell's play. The film first appeared at the second annual Method Fest, dedicated to independent films, and features an incredible cast, including Hill Harper, Obba Babatundé, Phylicia Rashad, Billy Dee Williams, Marla Gibbs, and Rae Dong Chong.

Many prison films are cliche with the same formula of violence, confrontations, authoritative abuse, etc. "The Visit" steers away from those cliches and relies entirely on acting and emotions to drive the message. Hill Harper plays Alex, a convicted felon accused of a brutal rape. At some point, Alex contracted HIV and is now dying of AIDS. With life looking bleak, his brother (Obba Babatundé) visits him, and now Alex will attempt to reconcile relationships with his self-made father (Billy Dee Williams) and his mother (Marla Gibbs).

This movie does a great job of keeping your attention and touching your emotions in different areas. Most of the scenes are mainly in prison visiting rooms with several flashbacks within the story. I highly recommend it for viewing.

Director: Jordan Walker-Pearlman
Writers: Kosmond Russell, Jordan Walker-Pearlman

Starring Hill Harper, Obba Babatundé, Phylicia Rashad, Billy Dee Williams, Marla Gibbs, Rae Dong Chong, Tim DeZarn, Jennifer Freeman, Jascha Washington

Alex Waters (Hill Harper) has been convicted of rape and sentenced to 25 years in prison, although he maintains he is innocent. Alex is up for parole, dying of AIDS, and seeking redemption. As a psychiatrist (Phylicia Rashad) helps him reconcile with his past, he receives visits from the essential figures in his life: his older brother (Obba Babatunde), his authoritarian father (Billy Dee Williams) and his loving mother (Marla Gibbs). As he works past his anger, Alex evolves into a new man.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The Hot Box (1972)

Four nurses working in the tropical Republic of San Rosario enter a hellish nightmare when they are kidnapped and delivered to a rebel army fighting a guerilla war against oppressive government forces. Tormented by every man that crosses their path, the four women must band together in the dense jungle in pursuit of a solitary goal: survival.