And as we were desultorily scrolling through the Netflix Instant Play movie list this evening we stumbled upon Felon, based on a prison story.
The 2008 film features Val Kilmer, Stephen Dorff and Harold Perrineau.
Dorff plays Wade Porter who goes to prison for accidentally killing an intruder at his home; Kilmer is John Smith, Porter’s cell-mate; and Perrineau is cast as the prison guard Lt. Jackson.
Ric Roman Waugh is the director.
The film had a decent reception with a respectable 65% rating on the Tomatometer.
But prison stories have a great deal of interest in the U.S., both on TV and in movies (remember Shawshank Redemption?).
TV channels like MSNBC endlessly run prison stories, particularly on weekends. A few minutes back, we briefly watched the MSNBC crew visiting a Polish prison for a story on one of the Warsaw prisons.
You may expect us to update this post after we finish the 1 hour 44-minute movie.
Felon is an alright movie but nothing extraordinary.
The last 20-25 minutes were pretty good as the movie hurtles toward the denouement.
Our three protagonists Stephen Dorff, Harold Perrineau and Val Kilmer have done their parts well but the story itself never rises to the great heights of other prison movies that we’ve seen, like Shawshank Redemption for instance.
Prison is a tough place to be and the movie showcases the brutal circumstances of life behind the high walls – the violence, the gangs and the sadistic guards – with vigor.
Pray, pray desperately that if ever you get into prison you don’t run into a character like Lt.Bill Jackson.