12 Angy Men – Movie Review Example

12 Angry Men Throughout the movie “12 Angry Men” a jury of twelve men spent time deliberating the innocence of a young man in the suspicious murder of his father. The goal of the boy was to get all of the jury to vote that he is not guilty, otherwise he would face the death penalty or the case would go into mistrial. After considering some of the circumstances of the murder, eleven of the twelve men immediately vote that the boy is in fact guilty. The remaining man speaks up and claims that they didn’t properly view the evidence to come to such an immediate and rash decision. The eleven that voted for the boy’s guilt voted based on the surface information of the boy -- his age, education, economic background -- giving into their assumptions that, based on the previously mentioned characteristics, there was simply no way that the boy could be found innocent. The one juror who did not vote guilty reminded them of their duties to take in every bit of evidence that they possessed to give the boy a fair trial and to not base their final decision on personal distastes.
At the beginning, the eleven men made their decision about the boy based on personal prejudice. The remaining man let himself be led by inductive and deductive reasoning, looking at the facts they had, comparing them to the story of the boy, and focusing on those that clearly showed the boy’s innocence. By pointing out specific facts and narrowing down the information that the jurors had been given, the one juror who had stood alone was able to show the other jurors that all of the evidence pointed to the innocence of the boy. By the end of the film, the entire jury was left in no doubt that the boy was innocent as they were able to let their prejudice be stamped down by cold, hard facts.