Denzel Washington's performance as boxer Rubin Carter makes watching THE HURRICANE an almost religious experience. The real-life Carter may be a flawed man, but Norman Jewison's eloquent screenplay and Washington's acting elevate him to the status of a saint suffering for the sins of others ("white folks") and possessing the ennobling power to inspire a cute black kid and his Canadian benefactors into action. Moving.
Whilst utterly formulaic within the biopic sub-genre, Denzel's performance as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is convincing, gripping and entirely absorbing. As an exercise in cinematic empathy, despite the obvious nature of certain techniques, it is entirely successful.