Directed by Tom Shadyac.
Starring Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Tiffany Dupont, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd, Dorian Missick, Xosha Roquemore, Matt Battaglia, and Morgan Freeman.
A football player’s dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.
Wisely, Brian Banks begins immediately following the decade-long wrongful imprisonment sentence that derailed the titular real-life figure’s likelihood of becoming a star in the NFL. Unfortunately, the film still finds time to show us superfluous details like what really happened and how solitary confinement was both punishment and therapeutic for Brian (there is even a mentor played by an uncredited Morgan Freeman giving spiritual advice). None of this would be a problem if the segments didn’t feel like exposition dumps more than anything, but at the very least the acting is strong throughout,