12 Angry Men is a cinematic picture that shows us how uncomplicated it is to destroy someone’s life and even put a man to death, while remaining in the status of a law-abiding citizen. All the film’s action takes place in a small room which brought together 12 jurors. They have to reach a verdict in a murder case. The defendant in the case is Hispanic teenager. Such teenagers are often arrested for crimes of different levels of severity, and at first glance there is no intelligible reason not to accept the boy’s guilty. It’s confirmed by the prosecution side that provided convincing enough evidence of the boy’s involvement in the murder of his own father. It would seem that the verdict is unequivocal and very simple, and that is exactly what 11 of the 12 participants gathered in a small room in order to bring the child to death believe in.
It’s a simple way to open the viewer’s eyes on how we usually behave in society. The majority of people acquire a set of patterns and stereotypes which are managing their behavior and actions throughout their lives. Making this or that act as well as taking this or that decision, we sometimes do not even take into account the real state of affairs. We act as it is necessary (supposedly), even if in fact we are making a terrible mistake. The jurisprudence saw a huge number of such monstrous errors when innocent people were sent to the death penalty, but the real criminals remained free. The jurisprudence is necessary in a civilized society, but it is not synonymous with justice. Only one person out of twelve (number 8), left in a small room for making the obvious judgment, understands this and is trying to make out the circumstances of the crime truly.
Successively, together with the other jurors, he is carrying through the evidences and witness's testimonies. He turns out that, for example, the knife that was considered to be the chief evidence is not unique. Number 8 has the same knife by himself. He also drew the attention of his colleagues on the inconsistencies in the testimonies of witnesses. The woman claims that she saw the crime through the windows of a passing train, and it turns out that she is suffering from myopia.
An elderly man says that he had heard the noise of a quarrel, but there was a passing train racing close to home (if you believe the first witness). In addition, a lame old man asserts that he ran up to the entrance door and saw the accused walking down the stairs, but he was physically unable to do so. The result is that the charge has no conclusive evidence. The jury justifies the innocent boy, although the majority of them were ready to label him guilty.
12 Angry Men is a cinematic picture that shows us how uncomplicated it is to destroy someone’s life and even put a man to death, while remaining in the status of a law-abiding citizen. All the film’s action takes place in a small room which brought together 12 jurors. They have to reach a verdict in a murder case. The defendant in the case is Hispanic teenager.