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Expect your blood pressure to rise during The Central Park Five.
The doc is rife with smart or wrenching or shameful moments. The fresh interviews with the accused, now men, are invaluable.
As grim a portrait of the criminal justice system as can be imagined.
How could this second crime have occurred? The film asks that question but only partly answers it, and in the process it raises an even more troubling one.
"The Central Park Five" is worth seeing, both for the ways it's timeless and for the ways it encapsulates an era.
What's amazing about listening to them speak now, often through tears, is the absence of bitterness.
Like the "Paradise Lost" films, it's a shocking but clear-eyed portrait of injustice.
The Central Park Five is such a moving piece of work, it is difficult to watch at times.
It shows what happens when police and prosecutors abuse their power.
Puts the crime and the times in sharp perspective.
Burns and company conduct a thorough, riveting investigation that does a far better job of assessing the tragedy than the justice system did two decades before. Of course, hindsight is an advantage we all take for granted.
It's a gripping story that comes in a well-crafted package.
A heartbreaking expose' about a rush to judgment which ruined five, innocent young lives.
Exclusive interviews with former heads of Israel's counter terrorism agency reveal insiders' analysis about the country's policies. Fascinating. Frightening.
"The Central Park Five" is a sobering indictment of racism and vigilante justice, yet it is constrained by a PBS-style deference to the very system it critiques.
You can't help but wonder why this film wasn't made 20 years ago, when it could have saved these men some time behind bars.
What keeps the film from being an impossible downer is the guts and spirit and smart words of the Central Park Five, four of whom, now freed, are interviewed at length.
A miscarriage of justice on this scale would have been tragic had it resulted from an honest mistake - but, as this meticulously researched movie makes clear, honesty had little to do with it.
The [documentary] team builds a solid story from the time of the crime through the release from prison those wrongly accused and railroaded into confessing to a crime they did not commit.
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