Review: “The Fear of 13” is a documentary centered on Nick Yarris, a death row convict with an unusual story to tell. Yarris delivers a monologue of mammoth proportions, approximately an hour and a half of recounting his journey from youth to incarceration, with the occasional meandering detour.
The documentary’s bare simplicity compliments Yarris’ style and his story, making him truly the main focus of the viewer from the onset. As the focal point, Yarris opens himself to intense scrutiny. And indeed, for much of the film the viewer is forced to decide whether or not they buy what Yarris is selling.
The movie plays well with the idea of reasonable doubt, applying the concept to both the perceived measure of guilt and the perceived measure of innocence. It offers an interesting commentary on the criminal justice system, past and present. “The Fear of 13” is a case study that’s worth the watch.
Frank – 👍🏻
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