The Hurricane

The Hurricane

512CPKMKEYL. SL160 The HurricaneHURRICANE – DVD MovieIn his direction of The Hurricane, veteran filmmaker Norman Jewison understands that slavish loyalty to factual detail is no guarantee of compelling screen biography. In telling the story of boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter–who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1967 and spent nearly two decades in jail–Jewison and his screenwriters compress time, combine characters, and rearrange events with a nonchalance that would be galling if they didn’t remain honest to the core truth of Carter’s ordeal. Because of that emotional integrity–and because Denzel Washington brings total conviction to his title role–The Hurricane rises above the confines of biographical fidelity to embrace higher values of courage, compassion, and ultimate justice.

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