The Hurricane (1999)

The Hurricane (1999)
  • Time: 146 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Sport
  • Director: Norman Jewison
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, John Hannah, Deborah Kara Unger


This film tells the story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, an African-American man who rose above his troubled youth to become a top contender for the middle-weight boxing title. However, his dreams are shattered when he is accused of a triple murder, and is convicted to three natural-life terms. Despite becoming a cause celebre and his dogged efforts to prove his innocence through his autobiography, the years of fruitless efforts have left him discouraged. This changes when an African-American boy and his Canadian mentors read his book and are convinced of his innocence enough to work for his exoneration. However, what Hurricane and his friends learn is that this fight puts them against a racist establishment that profited from this travesty and have no intention of seeing it reversed.

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  • However it’s very hard to compare two completely different people, you could say that, by playing the role of Malcolm X in the movie with the same title, Denzel Washington already knew what it was to make a biopic about a great black man.

    “The Hurricane” tells the story of Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, a boxer who was falsely accused and imprisoned for a triple murder he had nothing to do with. Many people demonstrated to get him free and he once wrote a book about all that happened to him, but it never helped him to get free. Years of imprisonment have left him disillusioned and bitter, but than a young Afro-American boy, who also had a difficult youth, and his Canadian mentors start reading the book and soon get convinced about Carter’s innocence. They will do everything to get him free, but they will soon find out that the racist and hating establishment isn’t all too happy with their efforts to liberate him…

    Normally I’m not a huge fan of “true stories”, because they are brought in such a way that it is no longer convincing. Well, I can’t say that about this movie. The people who created this movie kept it all very realistic and believable. I might even call it touching. What surprised me even more about this movie was that it never showed much boxing scenes. It’s about a boxer and yet most of the scenes are in the jail. Only a few boxing scenes are shown, but still this movie was full of ‘action’.

    I admit that I never expected it, but I enjoyed this movie more than I could ever imagine. Especially Denzel Washington’s performance is excellent. The other actors did a good job as well, but he was just outstanding. I give this movie an 8.5/10. This is definitely a must see.

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