12 Angry Men

Topics: Not proven, Jury, Man / Pages: 2 (524 words) / Published: Sep 13th, 2014
Opposing Views of 12 Angry Men

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The classic film, 12 Angry Men, was released on April 13, 1957. It is about a boy who is on trial and is accused of knifing his father to death. The jury has twelve jurors to decide whether the boy is guilty or not. If the boy is found guilty, he will receive the death penalty. Eleven men vote guilty, and one man votes not guilty for the lad. Hereafter, the single man who casts his vote as guiltless forces the remaining eleven jurors to re-examine the evidence in an attempt to convince against killing an innocent boy. Although the movie has a well written plot and moral, it is very tedious and uneventful because of its setting, situation, and pace.
In a jury room with twelve men with ranging personalities, eleven men want the jury to be over as soon as possible so that they can continue on with their lives. The protagonist, juror 8, sets out to change the presumed idea that the boy is culpable and forces the careless eleven jurors to discuss the evidence. All twelve men have their own situation and knowledge that ties in with evidences, and numerous hours have been spent for the twelve angry jurors to finally agree that the boy is not guilty.
The entire film, having a running time of 96 minutes, took over one continuous period of time and in one place, the jury room, which made it uneventful and dull. The movie was also extremely slow. Even though the twelve characters of the film intensely fought for and against their opinion, the result was predictable. The moral of the film, that the society is like a flock of sheep, is agreeable to the general public today.

The movie says a lot about human nature and character. Each of the twelve jurors is forced to make individual decisions, stating their own rationale and prompt thoughts, instead of individuals being dominated by various people in a group. When each juror slowly changes his mind, others followed, one after another. This demonstrates that the society

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