Trial by Fire (2019)
Critic Consensus: Trial by Fire has a worthy -- and heartbreaking -- story to tell, but this well-acted dramatization is undermined by its aggressively manipulative approach.
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Powerful stuff, but unpowerfully told, in part because the energies in "Trial by Fire" are split between proving Todd Willingham's innocence and building an argument against the death penalty no matter what the verdict.
The movie is painstakingly well made and murderously hard to sit through.
There's that masterpiece of a micro-performance by Jeff Perry, in that single scene. That alone is worth the price of admission.
O'Connell and Dern, meanwhile, find the common ground in their characters that keeps "Trial by Fire" simmering.
The film plods at points, trudging along, and there are a few misguided narrative 'devices' tacked on.
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