12 Angry Men ★★★★★

--Blind spot for June 2014--

For some reason, I always believed that 12 Angry Men was a western. Or at least had some action in it - I mean, it has the word "angry" in its title. Turns out I couldn't have been more wrong: the action in this film is confined to character study - and what character study. Few films have gone under my skin as much as this one, made me feel uncomfortable and ashamed, yet later proud of the human race. Sidney Lumet puts a test on civilisation and common sense in this film and proves that it's hard work to stray from the primitive instincts of our animalistic selves. Every single performance is spot-on and while there is a definite hero here, all of the characters are nuanced and realistic.
12 Angry Men is a film to re-watch for sure, it's one of the best examples of how movies can take advantage of a refined space and time and how a simple plot can be the fundament for the deepest philosophical considerations.