Summary: engaging story that exemplifies how the justice system works in the U.S. it is a testament to the execution of the film by the director, Lumet, and the 12 principal actors that there is nary a dull moment despite being the "talky-est" of "talky" films and taking place in a single location.
Excerpt: A very dialogue heavy film can go one of two ways: 1. Be extremely boring. 2. Be extremely interesting. And I am glad to report that 12 Angry Men falls into the latter category. 12 Angry Men is a movie that I was not ambitious to watch.
Excerpt: Riveting drama from start to finish wonderfully directed by the late great Sidney Lumet. Even though the film takes place in the same room throughout you never lose interest thanks to the terrific screenplay and the inventive camera movement.
Excerpt: The plot - excellent! I must be a stage-play groupie for the 98% of the story is filmed in one room - like a stage play and it was amazing how you were kept captivated over the hour and a half.
A superb Blu-ray edition of an essential American classic.
The Great Owl, blu-ray.com
30 April 2013
Excerpt: I discovered 12 Angry Men when I was in ninth grade, because my English teacher assigned the original teleplay to our class. I was fascinated by some of the more disturbing nuances of the jury deliberation process, such as the possibility that someone could be sentenced to death simply because a...
Excerpt: Getting through the holidays, and finally having a chance to sit down and catch up on some Criterion movies has proved to be an absolute treat. On the top of my list was Sidney Lumet’s, 12 Angry Men. This, ladies and gentlemen, is minimalism at its very best.
Excerpt: This is a classic movie, and it's a film that everyone must see. The transfer looks very good, and it's the best this film has ever looked. That being said it wasn't perfect. The movie was extremely grainy, so if you like that sort of thing this will be the movie for you.