Clemency

2019

Drama

110
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 760

Synopsis


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Cast

Aldis Hodge as Anthony Woods
Alfre Woodard as Geechee
Richard Schiff as Scanner Technician
Wendell Pierce as Slick
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 9 / 10 / 10

This film is currently rated 5.8....which is a travesty.

"Clemency" is a magnificent film and I would not be surprised to see its star, Alfre Woodard was really, really good in the lead and I would expect to see her nominated for an Oscar for her performance. So why in the heck does the film currently have an overall score of 5.8?! What is the reason for this, as the movie is exceptionally well made. Perhaps people are voting against it for reasons other than the quality of the picture....that's the only thing that makes sense to me. Woodard plays Warden Williams, a by the book woman who runs a prison where they perform executions. In both cases in the film, the lethal injection is done VERY realistically...so much so that it's a bit difficult to watch. But this is the reason....because the film is not just about the death penalty but how it impacts on the people who perform them. You see the Warden falling apart from the experiences, but you also see how the Chaplin and guards and the Deputy Warden are impacted as well. So, instead of just being an anti-capital punishment film, it's far, far deeper....making the story a difficult but rewarding experience. Overall, a quality film in nearly every way and the reason I gave it a 9 instead of a 10 was one scene--where the overuse of the handycam (the 'unsteady cam') in one nauseating scene where the roving camera was unwelcome and didn't fit in with the rest of the otherwise well-filmed picture.

Reviewed by eminkl 7 / 10 / 10

While Clemency requires mercy, its grace is not entirely worth it.

Despite strong core performances by lead actress Alfre Woodard, as a distraught prison warden on the verge of an emotional breakdown, and Aldis Hodge, as a death-row inmate, Clemency's director Chinonye Chukwu never gets together in dramatic terms, no matter how compelling individual scenes may be. His message of anti-death-penalty is praiseworthy, and there are powerful moments in it, but too often the expositional dialog states the thoughts of the director in exact terms, detracting from the finer qualities of the film. Worse, the warden of Woodard remains a cypher, her final catharsis coming from both an evident and obscure location. While Clemency needs mercy, it is not deserving of her grace. With an official eye, Woodard's warden, Bernadine Williams, presides over her prison. Everything detracts from her task of running a tight ship and making everything go as planned. If, right at the start of the novel, the official executioner is unable to find a good vein for the rendezvous with fate of that day's prisoner in a painfully clinical scene, there are repercussions. However, beyond the official calculation, it is the mental state of Bernadine that is most under threat. Or so it seems like that. Interestingly, she responds less to her title than to her first name, as if she is crying for recognition from her submerged humanity. But, back home, her husband (Wendell Pierce) would love to see some of that concealed humanity, just secret, deadened by the constant drinking of his wife. Elsewhere, Hodge's Anthony Woods, who maintains his innocence years after being put away in a botched robbery for killing a cop (he says it was his partner who pulled the trigger), is struggling to accept his coming fate. To his mind, his life is but a pointless exercise. Until, that is to say, he learns that he has a friend, and then he develops hope unexpectedly. With a little faith in the future, there's nothing wrong, unless you have none. Sadly, Woods ' lawyer (Richard Schiff) is also a hideous amateur, at least based on the evidence here, although obviously an idealistic and loving person. He sighs and shrugs, shrugging his shoulders against the world's injustice. If I could be so bold, I recommend that he look at the career of Bryan Stevenson, creator and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (who in a few weeks gets his own, better film, with Just Mercy). Now there's a prosecutor doing more than just declaring his powerlessness. Poor Woods has no ability to get the titular clemency. And so it goes in this bleak story of our mutual failure to make a difference to the scheme. There is no doubt that there is reality in that wailing lament, but it is unbearable to watch passivity in the face of injustice after a while. Nevertheless, Woodard and Hodge are doing their best and they have real power in the scenes that show them together. It's too bad, however, that Chukwu flubs her end, wasting a lengthy final closeup on Woodard and a potential tear by continuing the take until an unnecessary explosion. We're getting it: she's broken and can recover now. We're told what we know, like in so much of the film, and not told what we need. This Clemency falls short of absolution, disturbing as it can be in situations.

Reviewed by ferguson-6 7 / 10 / 10

burning up inside

Greetings again from the darkness. You surely complain about your job. Most everyone does. But what if your career path had led you to oversee a dozen court-mandated executions, and the next one was already scheduled? In her first feature film, writer-director Chinonye Chukwu takes us inside the world of Warden Bernadine Williams, who manages a maximum-security prison, including inmates on death row. It's the rare film in this sub-genre that doesn't preach anti-death penalty politics, and instead focuses on the emotional toll it takes on those who must carry out the sentence. Warden Williams (Alfre Woodard) is a seasoned prison professional who keeps her emotions in check, while sticking to policies and procedures. She is a restrained, often stoic person - both at work and at home. Early in the film, a lethal injection goes awry, and the warden finds this inexcusable. She wants answers and she prepares to make sure the next one scheduled ... for inmate Anthony Woods ... goes smoothly. Aldis Hodge plays Mr. Woods, a death row inmate for 15 years. His execution date is fast approaching despite his claims of innocence and the evidence showing he was not the one who killed the police officer. Woods' attorney (Richard Schiff) has informed him that his last strand of hope is a decree of clemency by the governor. Bernadine's job involves dealing with family members, protestors, lawyers, media, guards, medical staff, procedures, final statements ... and even the search for veins. The stress is obviously taking a toll, and even her home life is a wreck. Husband Jonathan (Wendell Pierce) is frustrated at her aloofness. He's a high school teacher and reads a passage of "Invisible Man" to his class - words that hit home for him. Bernadine must also deal with the prison priest (Michael O'Neill) and the two share a powerful moment that relays the strain on both. Bernadine speaks matter-of-factly to Mr. Woods as she outlines the procedure of his execution. In another powerful moment, Mr. Woods attempts to exercise his last bit of control over his life and death. It's brutal to watch. Even though the death sentence is for convict Anthony Woods, most every other person involved expresses some desire to retire or walk away. This speaks clearly to the burden associated with taking the life of another human being. In a meeting with his former partner Evette (Danielle Brooks), Woods is given hope of a legacy outside of crime, while Evette expresses what she needs to him. This life is no fairy tale, and hard edges and difficult moments are around every corner. Ms. Woodard has long been an underrated actress. Her only Oscar nomination came in 1983, and she has been outstanding in most roles since TV's "St Elsewhere" in the 1980's. She manages to convey humanity and realism in most every character she plays. Mr. Hodge starred in the title role of BRIAN BANKS earlier this year, and in both roles, he possesses a strength of character that allows the audience in. In Ms. Chukwu's film, both are isolated in some way and struggling with how to deal. Although the film spends very little time on the question of guilt or innocence, or whether the death penalty is a law of morality that fits within society, the approach of examining the psychological impact of those involved proves worthy of discussion. We do wish the script had not delivered such stand-off characters ... ones so difficult to connect with. But perhaps that's the inevitability of the environment - one that cuts much deeper than following the ritual of preparing for the next execution.

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