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21 Ratings

3½ Minutes, 10 Bullets

Directed by Marc Silver
United States, 2015


On November 23, 2012, unarmed 17-year-old Jordan Russell Davis was shot at a Jacksonville gas station by Michael David Dunn. 3 1/2 Minutes explores the aftermath of Jordan’s tragic death, the latent and often unseen effects of racism, and the contradictions of the American criminal justice system.

3½ Minutes, 10 Bullets Directed by Marc Silver
Silver does well to paint a picture of Davis’ community, though less so of Davis himself. On one hand, it’s important to challenge Dunn’s assumption that Davis was “a gangster rapper”. Yet, there is a sense that Davis’ middle-class status is being played upon, leaving us wondering – and worrying – if a less relatable ‘character’ would lend themselves to such smooth storytelling.
October 05, 2015
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The film is at its most fascinating when it gives a window on the workings of the US legal system, allowing the viewer to see how invoking the controversial stand-your-ground law makes it possible to get away with murder. 3 ½ Minutes is both gripping and scrupulous, showing Silver to be capable of composure while unequivocally defying the bigotry given necessary voice in his film.
September 07, 2015
[It’s] a poorly constructed exploration of extremely important events. While it is surely an important and prescient issue, the project’s failures as a film cannot be overlooked; what should be a punchy takedown of stand your ground laws in Florida and ongoing issues of racism across America is instead a scattered, inconsistent, and timid recount of judicial process, constantly hinting at far more interesting and important concepts without ever managing to push its agenda effectively.
August 15, 2015
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