This is a fun, upbeat comedy. The culture shock gets the laughs every time.
I watched this immediately after watching all parts to "When They See Us Now," mostly because I needed time to come down from the intensity of the actual movie. It's cool to see that these five men are real-life friends 30 years later. It's hard to see how destroyed some of them have become.
I just spent five hours watching this today and I could go on for a couple more. What a demonstration of power over the powerless, how hatred of a particular group of people can infect seemingly otherwise good people, and of what appears to be one of the most inhumane systems in the world: U.S. penitentiaries. This is five hours of tension, several scenes of horror, and some scenes of the best in humanity. This is sensational.
Until the end, I didn't know who was a "good guy" or "bad guy." And even after learning, I didn't figure out why they were good or bad guys (in other words, friend or foe of the protagonist, Jodie Foster aka Nurse). For a movie like this, that lack of understanding is ok; it's entertaining still. Plus, a movie like this was never meant to lead to deep analysis over "good" and "evil."
There are some interesting concepts in this…