Written April 15, 2009
(Per an advance preview:) Time & again, we’ve seen high-profile elected officials do things to try to ‘LOOK good’ to the majority to further their personal agenda (which often involves getting re-elected). That’s the story here, based on a true event in 2000, which chronicles a racist white D.A. (played by MICHAEL O’KEEFE) who works to target BLACK Americans he could harass & jail. An unmarried black woman waitress (strongly played by NICOLE BEHARIE) is unjustly accused of being a drug dealer. Disinterested white legal reps urge her to accept a “plea bargain” (which like 90% of jailed Americans do rather than go thru a trial by their peers). Her mother (ALFRE WOODARD) urges her to accept that ‘easy’ way out of her troubles. But, supported by an ACLU rep (TIM BLAKE NELSON) and a local white lawyer (WILL PATTON), she works to try to STOP the bigoted pursuit of blacks by the D.A. It’s a well-acted, encouraging and uplifting look at some of the slow-moving periodic progress in America.
Written April 17, 2009
I went to see American Violet today and I found that it was a strong depiction of actual events that need to be address! Too many times movies like this don't get the big money backing from Hollywood. Why? I guess Hollywood feel that the majority of movie goers like to see movies more at ease and get their minds off of troubles in the real world. But, I thank the people that came together and saw that this true story was told, because it's important to the movement of humanity! I hope that it make enough noise to create a little buzz, because it deserve it! It don't have the budget it need for promotion, so I'm going to "word of mouth" it and hope people I tell to go see it will support it!
Written April 18, 2009
Great movie. The script and acting were ok -- not stellar, but not detracting from the story. The overall effect was powerful. I was in tears throughout much of the movie. This is a movie everyone should see. To not have knowledge of this true story -- and the emotional connection to it that this movie engenders -- is to live with a certain ignorance that we, especially white folks, can ill afford.
Written April 17, 2009
A story that needed to be told.
Written April 30, 2009
This movie had a great plot and great acting...especially the main character Nicole B. she will do big things in her movie career. I wish this movie would have been in many more theaters. Its a shame that a movie as great as this one is in limited theaters. Its a "MUST GO SEE!" So check it out! ;-)