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In The Land Of The Free... Review

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The story of the Angola 3, three prisoners who between them have spent almost 100 years in solitary confinement in America's most notorious prison.

★★★★★

SAMUEL L. JACKSON NARRATES the story of three prisoners, known as the Angola 3, who between them have spent almost 100 years in solitary confinement in America’s most notorious prison.

The cause may be worthy, but Vadim Jean’s focus is blurred: it’s unclear whether he wants to question their convictions, free them on compassionate grounds, or argue that their sentence constitutes what the Bill Of Rights calls “cruel and unusual punishment”.

Whatever the film’s intentions, one can’t escape the feeling that the issues have been fed into a piece of documentary-making software, and played out with precisely the footage, font, music and tut-tut tone you would expect.

The cause may be worthy, but Vadim Jean’s focus is blurred.

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