CLEMENCY – Review by Carla Renata

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Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) is a woman, a wife and a person of color in the most stressful occupation one could ever imagine…a warden at a prison. A prison that is being investigated for a lethal injection procedure gone awry all because the medical professional couldn’t find a viable vein.

Directed by Chinonye Chuckwu, Clemency is an intense dramatization which encompasses every aspect of prison life and those who navigate in and around that world.

Chinonye Chuckwu perfectly encapsulates and humanizes lawyers, criminals and prison staff in this heart stopping drama. This is by far a career best for the legendary Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge.

The list of moments I could refer to as to why are too numerous to recount. But, I will say this. The scene where Mr. Woods (Aldis Hodge) has been lethally injected and Bernadine (Woodard) quietly loses it allows the audience to see every fiber of her character screaming from the inside out. It’s chilling and an image I shall never forget. Continue reading.

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Carla Renata (Archived Contributor)

Carla Renata is the creator and host of The Curvy Critic, which streams live on Sundays. A member of CCA and AAFCA, her commentaries are also on Black Film Live and she's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. She's a graduate of Howard University, where she obtained a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. Multi-talented, she's also an actress and singer with an impressive list of credits.