Hidden Gems: Find Me Guilty
With Vin Diesel.
Sidney Lumet has always been one of my favorite directors and this resurgence we have seen from him in the twilight of his career has been really impressive after spending a decade or so in obscurity and mediocrity. This film, along with 2008’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, forms a nice little end cap to a prolific career. Vin Diesel stars as a gangster who is defending himself in the longest mafia trial in U.S. history. He’s trying to prove to the jury that he isn’t a gangster, just a “gagster.” This is a real acting performance from Diesel, something we haven’t seen since Boiler Room. I wish he would take more risks like this. Equal parts courtroom comedy and prison drama, Find Me Guilty highlights Lumet’s knack for the courtroom and Diesel’s surprisingly strong comedic timing and delivery.
RIYL: My Cousin Vinny, Goodfellas, Catch Me if You Can.