12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men ★★★★★

"Wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth." - Juror #8

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Without a doubt in my mind, this is the greatest film ever made. It's inexplicably timeless, poignantly relevant, immensely profound, and intensely riveting. There's legitimately nothing like it. It has the greatest screenplay ever where every detail and line has such utter importance and revelancy to everything that happens in the film. Tiny things like the weather changing and the lights being flipped on to signal a change in attitude from the jurors, the fact that's it's the hottest day of the summer, the lighting all focusing in on their eyes, and how you get a defined sense of each character based on their first few lines, just to mention a few examples. The cinematography was fantastic and the editing seamless. It's just a film ahead of its time.

Every cast member gave it their all and every performance lifts up another. There are no weak performances from the stoic Henry Fonda (Juror #8) to the soft-spoken Joseph Sweeney (Juror #9) to the gum-chewing a**hole Jack Warden (Juror #7) and the rage-filled and remorseful Lee J. Cobb (Juror #3) who arguably gives one of the greatest performances ever put to screen.

Cinema can be transfixing thing and this is one of the greatest examples of it. I remember watching this is my freshmen year in my HS English class and I can't believe how everyone thought this was boring. Boy, were they wrong.


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