Murder in the First (1995)
Marc Rocco's Murder in the First presents an interesting story based on the real-life case which spurred the closing down of Alcatraz prison, but the narrative and the film's at time compelling atmosphere is overshadowed by a somewhat banal form and an annoying self-importance: The picture is so self-absorbed with its own moral high ground that you eventually feel offended by its lecturing. It's like a movie for people living in the era depicted. Kevin Bacon's strong performance isn't necessarily wasted, but it's neither consolidated by Rocco, who wastes a good opportunity to make an engrossing, heartrending film. Christian Slater, Gary Oldman and R. Lee Ermey contribute with engaging, somewhat underdeveloped performances.