Brian Banks

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  • 5 of 5 stars
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    It was great. Unbelievable true story, so sad he was falsely accused. So amazing he was set free. A must see.
  • 2 of 5 stars
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    Brian Banks is a very cheesy film that’s way too melodramatic. Aldis Hodge delivers a strong lead performance. Greg Kinnear also delivers a strong supporting performance. The film’s story is strong. It’s very inspirational. That carries the movie for a while. However, the film just get so darn cheesy. The swelling orchestra with the inspirational speeches just doesn’t work. The film fails to trust its audience. Overall, this is a pretty bad film. It has its moments, but loses itself to cliches.
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    Great Movie! I loved it
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    What a wonderful movie. The actor who portrays Banks nails his performance. Loved it!
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Life on the sex offense registry is never easy as over 850,000 Americans will testify. A great well-told story about the American justice program that too often pressures plea bargain deals to satisfy the demands on the overcrowded court system.
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    Well told story and an amazing one at that, unreal. Granted because it was a movie it was a condensed version, but definitely one that grabs your attention and yanks at your heart strings.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    This Movie was absolutely phenomenal!!
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Brian Banks is brought to life through the directing of Tom Shadyac, he reveals raw, real-life emotions through the actors, and puts on a performance unlike any other. The movie is based off of the real life story of the All-American football player Brian Banks, who at age 16 was charged as an adult for a crime he did not commit.. It is an undoubtedly strong and realistic visual of the corruption of a broken justice system, and of the faith based courage and strength found in one man. Although it is down played by the failures of dramatic structure seen in the movies agonizingly slow pace to reach a climax and resolution it is undoubtedly one of the most heart touching movies of 2019. Aldis Hodge gives insights of failed justice and corrupt people. The movie even goes as far as to make you feel for both the good and bad guy. Not only can we see the struggles of Brain Banks, but we can see the struggles of a whistleblower who may or may not want to come clean and save Brian. It shows the power of spiritual commitment and determination alongside the physical forces of courage and strength. The story of Brain Banks is put upon display by Hodge who gives us a decades worth of traumatizing events and tells us a riveting story of faith based courage and perseverance. Despite the lack of build up in dramatic structure Shadyac and the actors bring us good acting, intense and real emotions, and a film that leaves a lasting impression on the heart.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    One of the best I’ve seen this year just because it was so inspiring and real. The acting was great and the story is even better.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    Sexual Assault is a topic that has been all the rage lately, and with all the Me Too culture going around it opens up a stirring question. Is every accusation true? Is everything we hear or read about based on facts? That is the question that lingers throughout the emotional drama Brian Banks. Brian Banks, Directed by Tom Shadyac, is a true story about a man named, shockingly, Brian Banks who fought to exonerate himself from a false accusation of Rape. He was a former football player committed to USC when he was 16 years old and accused of something he said he did not do. He spent 5 years in Prison (6 in the movie) and 5 years on probation, while also having to register as a Sex Offender. He lost over ten years of his life and happiness due to a lie, and extreme negligence on the part of the prosecution. Working with the California Innocence Project him and their team were able to clear his name. The movie is really about how he inspires others with his strength and fortitude by never giving up in his case. Bring the tissues though because this is a tear jerker for sure. As far as the technical details of the movie, I thought they could have gone deeper into his story, because it felt like they skipped over some pieces. I also felt they relied a lot on inspirational speeches, and some very subtle God/Jesus Symbolism which just seemed unnecessary. Stock Watch Stock Up – Aldis Hodge was absolutely incredible as the Title Character. He showed strength, emotion, and everything in between with an incredible ferocity. He chewed up his surroundings in every scene and is making me a major fan. I loved him all the way back in season 1 of Friday Night Lights as Voodoo Tatum, and he might be finally starting to make that ascent to stardom. Stock Up – Greg Kinnear always shows up every couple years and he nailed this role. He played Justin Brooks the head of the California IFP and brings realism to every scene where everyone is dreaming big. He plays the smartest guy in the room role and does it very well. Stock Neutral – Tom Shadyac has a long and storied comic directorial career. So it was interesting to see him take on a dramatic biopic like this. This was directed well with solid pace, but as I said I thought there were just a couple things he could have done better. I am happy Shadyac continues to work though because he is clearly a talented director with something to say. *A couple other tidbits - Morgan Freeman is fully in the getting them checks period of his career. - I wish they wrapped up the story with his girlfriend a little cleaner. This movie will bring out all the feelings and is truly a remarkable story about perseverance and dedication. I have some issues with the lack of depth, but overall this is a great story that is extremely well acted. Juice Rating: 72/100