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Long Shot

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Some cursing, big spoiler in unique true-crime docu.

Movie NR 2017 40 minutes
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This documentary unfolds an extraordinary set of circumstances with economy and skill. While true stories of innocent men charged with crimes they didn't commit facing death row are common and often tragic beyond all comprehension, this documentary shows a happy ending so incredible as to seem fated. The twist in the story is almost unbelievable, and the fact that this particular show and actor were involved makes it both all the more incredible, and also provides some much-needed levity in the midst of a terrible situation.

While Long Shot does provide closure as to what happened after Catalan's miraculous acquittal, some questions remain unanswered -- but maybe that's the point. For instance, the prosecutor of the case displays very little remorse over what happened, and even when Catalan's attendance at Dodger Stadium is clearly proven, she still isn't convinced. Is this a product of the mindset needed to be a prosecutor in the criminal justice system? A reflection of systemic racism in the courts? Or something else? That's the ultimate takeaway from this documentary: What would have happened to Catalan had certain cameras not been in the right place at the right time?

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