In the abstract, the premise for Conviction is enough to make me ill at the obvious awards-season grubbery: A true story about a single mother so determined to overturn her brother’s wrongful murder conviction that, while raising a child, she attends law school so she can directly fight to nullify her brother’s conviction. Blech. The fact that the single mother was being played by Hilary Swank didn’t help matters — granted, she’s a great actress, but she only takes great roles once every five years. But, it has been six years since Million Dollar Baby, so Swank is due, and Conviction also sports what looks to be a damn-near guaranteed Oscar nom for Sam Rockwell.
Indeed, while I couldn’t stomach the thought of Conviction on paper, the trailer has won me over. There’s no doubt a little inspirational clap-daddy in here, but Sam Rockwell should get an Oscar nom for the trailer alone.