CROWN HEIGHTS – Rated R – 1 hr. 34 mins.

Crown Heights

“Riveting and moving…You want to fight the system for him all the way through this film!”  Kathy Kaiser – Matinee Chat

Written and Directed by Matt Ruskin, we venture into the real-life drama of Colin Warner (LaKeith Stanfield), whose life is turned upside down and the age of 18, as he finds himself in the wrong place, at the wrong time – and under arrest for a murder he didn’t commit…

Colin’s best friend Carl “KC” King (Nnamdi Asomugha) soon finds himself engrossed in fighting our corrupt justice system, hoping to free his friend from the fate that lies before him.

When Colin is convicted, despite all efforts to prove his innocence, KC finds himself working tirelessly to save his friend from spending the rest of his life behind bars.

As months turn to years, both Colin and KC have exhausted all the ways they can think of, to get someone to hear Colin’s plea of innocence.

With a 4 year stint in isolation, and a tad over 20 years of Colin’s life flashing before him in a penitentiary, it seems that KC’s new employer, Attorney William Rodebee (Bill Camp), may just have found a way to prove Colin’s innocence. Now, if he can only get a judge to believe his findings, thus giving Colin a chance at freedom at last…

I give CROWN HEIGHTS a rating be MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN – This incredible true-life drama is as moving as any dramatic film I’ve seen all year, bringing to lite this innocent mans plight for justice – in a corrupt and vile justice system within our country. Stanfield’s performance as Colin Warner is not only memorable, but courageously prophetic too, as he plays this happy-go-lucky one minute and then unimaginably despondent the next innocent man, locked up by no fault of his own. This film doesn’t bode well for our justice system at all – as you are drawn into the real world of corrupt cops, lawyers just out for a dime, and the abusive guards this innocent man must endure. Asomugha’s portrayal as Warner’s best friend KC was incredible too, as this man gives up his own happiness and future, to prove the innocence of his life-long friend. CROWN HEIGHTS is one of those films that is totally worth the price of admission, as you experience this man’s fate and painful journey play out on big screen, and find yourself hoping and praying for his freedom, after he has endured 20 senseless years behind bars…

Kathy Kaiser