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.
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.