Laura Dern Shines in First “Trial by Fire” Trailer

“Prisoners talk about doing time.  On the row, there is no time.”

The statement, so simple in nature, sends a chill down your back as the words ring painfully true for those who face death before freedom.  If Edward Zwick’s Trial by Fire can match this level of eeriness and deep pain throughout -  this film is going to be good.

Set amidst the rough landscape of small-town Texas, USA, Trial by Fire tells the true story of a man’s death row sentence (convicted for killing his own children) and the mother of two who fights hard for his freedom.

The film’s debut trailer incorporates a substantial amount of interview dialogue, often placed over rather cliché moments from other like-minded films. Thankfully Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern appear on-point with their performances, catapulting this one to the top of my personal must-see list.

After its premiere at Telluride last year the film stirred up a bit of controversy.  Based on The New Yorker article by David Grann, one has to wonder if this film will break the mold and attack the more massive, systematic issues head-on.  Fans will be able to judge for themselves when Trial by Fire hits select theaters May 17.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.