Grade: GOOD (3.5 out of 5)
The 1930s was a fantastic decade for films that often gets overlooked. A lot of the films had an edge to them that Hollywood never completely regained after the official death of the damn Motion Picture Production Code.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, besides having an awesome name, is a fast paced drama spanning several years. In addition to being a taut drama, the movie has poignant social commentary on the state of the prison system (at the time) and on how quickly a person can both fall from grace and return to grace. These messages are what gives the movie purpose, elevating it from just another prison drama.
My biggest complaint is a plot twist in the third act so contrived and moronic that it completely took me out of the movie. Fortunately, the harrowing ending almost makes up for the ridiculous turn of events.