Review: Deadline

So I just finished watching this wonderful movie titled Deadline based on a true story set in the South about a young man that was murdered but even so justice would not be found for almost 20 years.  Sadly, it takes a second murder in the racially divided town to spark enough interest for the journey for the truth to begin.

Hearing about the death of a policeman in this racially divided town, reporter Matt Harper moves in hoping to find a story. What he finds instead is a one way ticket out of town, but soon thereafter is confronted by a resident of the town who asks him to help her find the truth about the murder of the young, black man that was murdered so many years ago.  Somewhat reluctant Matt decides to investigate and thus begins his search for the truth.

Partnering with Matt is Bullock (played by Eric Roberts) a more "seasoned" reporter and together these two find themselves in situations that can only happen in a small town.  Some of the scenes will leave you laughing like the one when Matt and Bullock are in the Amos police station because of a speeding ticket that led to finding concealed weapons.  During their time in the station they mention that there was no sign indicating the speed limit had dropped to which the receptionist mentions it had been shot up a couple years back and was too expensive to replace.  Bullock quickly asks how much it could possibly cost to replace the sign and the receptionist tells him that the replacement isn't the expensive part it's the loss of revenue from the sign being up.

And then there are scenes scattered throughout the film that will grab your heart and bring you to tears.  It's amazing how quickly you find yourself identifying and connecting with the characters.  I didn't even realize it had happened with me until the first tear fell.  And from there it was over.  Now I'm not going to tell you what happened in those scenes because I don't want to ruin the movie for you.

The only "issue" I had with the movie was that there were a couple of times that I personally felt like some of the music used just didn't fit right.  Other than that though this is a definite must see.  It's not every day that one gets to see a movie based on a true story that is also clean with Christian tones running throughout it.  My favorite thing about this movie is that the young man's family was finally able to have justice - and let me tell you it's an ending that you will not see coming.............