Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story

Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story” is another pick from a random pile. I’ve never heard anything about this film. And even the DVD cover wasn’t featuring anything remotely familiar.

Directed by: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Genres: Drama, Crime
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Lynn Whitfield, Lee Thompson Young, Brenden Jefferson, Brenda Bazinet, Wes Williams, Greg Ellwand, CCH Pounder, Barbara Barnes-Hopkins, Tom Barnett, Karl Campbell, Joseph Pierre, Vibert Cobham, David Fraser, Kahmaara Armatrading
IMDB raintg: 6.5
My rating: 1.0 *

This film sucks so much that it pushed me to a different level. As far as I remember, I never ever voted 1 out of 10 for any film at IMDB. This film is so bad that I will make it the first one. Hopeful, the only one too.

Everything is so bad in it, that it is almost unbelievable. The story is boring. With lots and lots of propaganda, which isn’t even pleasant to look at. Dialogues are so unrealistic that they make you want to throw up. After every word. And than some more at the end of the sentence. There is no acting what-so-ever. And I don’t mean that there are people who try, but can’t act. No. There are people who don’t even know the meaning of the word acting. It feels like the director is telling them all the time what to do and what to say. They are so bad, they can’t even add intonations.

Character development is terrible. There were too many people who meant too little. Somewhere in the middle of the film, the guy in prison tells this woman that he wants to speak to Tony. Olga, who was lucky enough to miss most of the film, asked me who is Tony. I wasn’t even able to answer anything except “How the hell should I know?”. And I was focusing on this movie, trying to find anything good in it.

There was some good. Bits and piece of photography. But they were so rare and tiny, that they almost didn’t count. I guess the photography editor was fired while in the making of this film. Or something else went terribly wrong.

This film is the biggest piece of crap that I have seen in the last few years. I mean I even have to work through my memory to find anything this bad. This sucks!

If you want to see this film done right, go watch “The Hurricane“.

3 thoughts on “Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story”


  1. I’m sorry you didn’t like the film. Maybe it was poorly made (I haven’t seen it). The book was quite good. I wish, however, you had at least mentioned that it was about a real human being facing execution for something he likely didn’t do, and that people should find out more about him.

    The film wasn’t intended to be a fiction thriller. It was intended to let people know about Stan, and encourage them to learn more, and get involved.

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