When I first heard of Sidney Lumet's unorthodox casting lead for this film, I was intrigued because Van Diesel's selection was indeed a daring move. There was little doubt Lumet would err, and he has truly come up with a sensational film and presented us with an outstanding turn by Diesel. The film would have worked and been at least a decent movie because of Lumet's expertise. Getting Diesel to take command of the screen, channel the spirit of the infamous defendant to ultimately convince the audience in both the movie and the theater audience that we were witnessing a rather <more>
unique individual.The success of the film hangs on every single line that Diesel delivers. There is conviction and sincerity in his delivery. Here is a character that has a tarnished background, ultimately finds an outlet for a new perspective in life, and runs with it. Eventually, we get to discover he is a more powerful force than we expected.Lumet once again shapes the film with his assured hand, allowing the actors to shine in their respective roles, not interfering with dialog that is practically taken from original transcripts by adding over-dramatic touches or unnecessary inspirational music. There are long silences when we are allowed to reflect on what is taking place in front of us. We see a situation change, witness how the players moves are changed because of unexpected twists in the story, and never is the intensity of true emotions and the power of relationships diluted by a false note. There is a superb scene between Diesel and his ex wife, in a great performance by Sciorra that is both incredibly moving and sexy. These are real people with overpowering feelings and passionate exchanges, and it all comes through because of these two performers' chemistry and electrifying delivery.This is a film that will probably divide its audiences, depending on what you think of the defendant and his connections, but most people will probably agree that a star has been born, and with the support of a masterful director, we can see that he deserves to have a long and fruitful career in front of him. Many people heaped praise on Hoffman not too long ago. I felt Diesel outdid Hoffman because this time the gimmick and the make up felt apart by the soulful approach of a real actor.
well i don't wanted to write something which makes you watch this movie but i wanted to say that VIN DIESEL has proof once again that he can do every kind of role and he is not only the action or tough hero.after i watch his movie THE PACIFIER movie i was amazed that VIN was fit for that role also.and now FIND ME GUILTY a very good movie of VIN and good acting plus another good story and movie from SIDNEY LUMET i just simply love the movie and the story.that how the man can defend him self in real life such case.i wish VIN will continue to work good and make his fans happy.BUT PLEASE <more>
Don't FORGET TO MAKE THE HANNIBAL AS I CANT WAIT TO SEE VIN DIESEL IN THE ROLE I M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD FOR HIS ANOTHER GOOD MOVIE LIKE Hit-man AND HANNIBAL.LOVE YOU VIN AND KEEP DOING THE GOOD WORK WE THE FANS ARE WITH YOU ALWAYS.
Vin Diesel ain't just a pretty face anymore boys and girls, my what brown eyes you have Vin Diesel that's right he's an A-list actor. I've been a fan of the Big Man for years and we all know that his characters have mostly been catered to his huge charismatic presence my what huge Kryptonics you have Vin Diesel . Find Me Guilty is truly one of Vin's better acting attributes. Jackie D is funny as heck and it's a definite go see! I felt like I was there watching it play out in real time. It really shows that he's not just a hottie but a great actor as well: My <more>
what a beautiful bald head you have Vin Diesel . Sydney Lumet is King of the Mobster Kingpins. I'd rank this one right up there with Serpico. I was a little ticked that the movie only had limited release. Yari really went the cheap route on this movie and it's a shame.
I have to say that Vin Diesel isn't anything like I expected him to be in this role. He did an amazing job. (by ucanusemy)
I went to a screening in NYC this week, and Vin's performance knocked the socks off of everyone in attendance.The physical transformation was astonishing. He gained a lot of weight for this role, and many of the people around me myself included did not recognize him when he first appeared on screen. While watching the film, I totally forgot that I was watching Vin Diesel. He really became the character for me.Annabella Sciorra is another actor I will never look at the same way again. She had exactly one scene in the movie and I thought the screen was going to burst into flames or <more>
something. It was really that hot. She and Vin barely touched each other ... didn't even so much as kiss ... and I swear the entire audience needed a cigarette afterward. The entire cast was first-rate. Every single one of them hit the ball out of the park, no exceptions.The 2+ hours of running time went by like 15 minutes, and I sincerely did not want the movie to end.There was a Q&A session after the screening, and Vin was humble, funny, personable and sometimes boyish in his interactions with the audience.I wasn't a big Vin fan before this movie, but now I can't wait to see him in Hannibal. This guy isn't just an action star ... he's a very talented, dedicated and capable actor.
I had the opportunity to see this movie at the Screen Actors Guild in Hollywood last week along with a Q&A with Vin afterward. I have to say I didn't know what to expect after seeing his regular action roles, but I was very impressed. His acting skills have stepped up to the next challenge. Once I got the vision of sexy action star out of my head I was able to concentrate on the character at hand and by the end of the movie I was almost expecting the character to walk in instead of Vin Diesel! I rated this movie a 9 only because it had way more obscene language fillers than it needed. <more>
It's a mafia movie we get it. I just don't care to have so much cursing in a movie I think it takes away from the content. Also as a side note I was impressed with the Q&A after, no one can say that Vin is a muscle head. He is an articulate and passionate actor, as well as very humble. I was sitting about three feet from him during the interview and could see his hand twitching nervously as he addressed the small group of actors there. He most certainly has high marks in my book.
Sidney is the master! Vin really shines in this role (by Sugashac)
I saw the film in NYC with a Q & A by Joel Siegal with Vin and Sidney. I thought the film was really good and Vin as Fat Jack Denorsio kept me cracking up. He took the role and really fleshed it out : . I am a bit prejudiced toward the film because I worked as a jury member on it and was able to see the true master director at work! Sidney was involved in every aspect of creating that film. Those of us who worked on it have been looking forward to it's premier for over a year. Seeing it in it's entirety without hearing CUT! was a pleasure. Courtroom Drama is truly Sidney <more>
Lumet's venue. Nobody does it better. I'm telling all my friends to go see it. Vin is really a sweetheart and very talented. Sidney is a true treasure of the Film world. I'm looking forward to seeing Vin's Hannibal as well. Better yet, Vin can I be in it?
Funny and Entertaining Courtroom Drama (by basemnt-dwellr)
I had the chance to see the movie at the Berlin Film Festival actually I saw it twice , and I must say I really loved it. Even during the second screening I still thought it was interesting and funny.Granted, I like both Sidney Lumet and Vin Diesel so I may be a bit biased, but the audience in the cinema seemed to like the movie too, because after both screenings they applauded.The movie is a courtroom drama based on real events. The film depicts the longest Mafia trial in NYC history, and most of the dialog is taken from the original records of the trial. In 1987-88, some 20 members of the <more>
Lucchese crime family, each with his own lawyer, were indicted on some 76 charges ranging from criminal conspiracy to narcotics trafficking. The trial went on for 21 months.The film focuses on Jack DiNorscio, one of the accused mobsters played by Vin Diesel , who decides to defend himself. Even though he spent half his life in jail he doesn't know much about legal proceedings and mostly speaks what comes into his mind thus sometimes making fun of the whole trial.Actually I was quite skeptical if Diesel could pull it off. C'mon, we all know him from some more or less mediocre action movies, so when I heard he was cast in a Sidney Lumet movie, I was quite surprised, and therefore even more eager to see him in this film. And yes, he is good. He gained some weight for this role and has hair a wig , so he looks quite different from what you're used to.During the Berlinale press conference Sidney Lumet said about Vin Diesel: "People make the great mistake with action heroes. They think that because generally the plots are simpler and their behavior is one-note that they can't act. But most of the time they can." And Diesel shows that he can act. With his charismatic persona he manages to carry the movie pretty easily. He has to talk a lot during the film which comes across very believable and authentic, and he shows a wide range of emotions from happiness to anger to mourning to being embarrassed to whatever.The overall acting is really good, Linus Roache shines in his role as prosecutor Kierney. Contrary to his "Necromonger" role in "The Chronicles of Riddick" he gets a chance here to really show his talent. The other supporting cast is also really fantastic. I'd like to point out Peter Dinklage as lead defense attorney Ben Klandis, and Annabella Sciorra "The Sopranos" who is really great in her single scene as DiNorscio's ex-wife. In this scene she goes through all the emotions from anger to frustration to jealousy. The other supporting cast consists of New York theater talent, as well as faces familiar to anyone who watches crime shows on the tube.The film itself takes place almost entirely in the court room, and sometimes it drags a bit although it is not boring. It depends solely on talking, there is no action whatsoever in the movie. As DiNorscio joked around quite a bit during the trial, the film too is pretty funny in parts, and the audience in the cinema laughed quite a bit.All in all I recommend this movie. But I have to warn the action fans: you might not like this film as it is a total change in comparison to the movies Vin Diesel has done until now.
I just saw this last night in Seattle. What drew me in was Sidney Lumet and when it started saying that all courtroom dialog was direct from transcripts of this trial, I sat forward.This turns out to be a classic New York Lumet film with all the trimmings. Vin does some of his best work to date and I actually like some of his other films. This is not the all in the head of the writer trick - the transcript is the real heart of the film and so the key is truly bring to life the real words. That's not a simple thing. Lumet has the right balance to make it all work.For those that would <more>
ignore or wait for the DVD, take a chance and see with an audience. You do not get this kind of film from a great director of Lumet's caliber every day.
Annabella Sciorra is Guilty's Pleasure (by Maxcyjen)
I went to a preview screening of this film, so the version I saw may not make it onto the screen. I was pretty hesitant when I heard that Mr. Diesel was in it. I have to report that he did justice to the role. OK, he was no young Al Pacino, but he was certainly better than the old Al Pacino would be in the role. And Pacino has to be the patron saint of the film. His performance could have been loud, it could have been slick, instead he adds surprising depth to an essentially obnoxious character.The story isn't surprising, but it does carry a bit of a cultural wallop, and Deisel, using <more>
dialog drawn from actual courtroom testimony is able to convey a real sense of outrage over being societal discrimination. It is a testimony to Lumet's direction, that the film never veers into the didactic or preachy.The real surprise to me was Annabella Sciorra. The print I saw had no credits, so I wasn't expecting her and it took me a bit to place her face. She was electrifying. She truly lit up the screen in her 5 minutes. In an extended dialog with Diesel as her husband, she goes from dispassion, to jealousy, to outrage, to sexual hunger in the most nuanced and natural performance I have seen in a long while. Sciorra is a major talent and needs to get some larger roles, maybe even a few where she isn't the Wife/Fiancée of a N.J. mobster.