At times riveting moviemaking and yet at times a bit like a television movie du jour Miranda’s Victim takes historical fact and spins a compelling drama. We are at the center of an unkind universe.
Abigail Breslin stars and a superlative supporting team with the likes of Andy Garcia, Ryan Phillippe, and Luke Wilson playing lawyers, along with Donald Sutherland and Kyle MacLachlan playing judges flushes out the story. Breslin it should be noted carries the movie and shows her Oscar nomination (at age 10) was no fluke.
Breslin’s real life character, a teen working at a movie theater in the early 1960s and who for years was anonymous due to privacy, is abducted and raped. When the police arrest the obvious criminal his appeal goes all the way to the Supreme Court because he was questioned and confessed without a lawyer.
Miranda’s Victim is a history lesson wrapped in a courtroom drama. The rapist (Miranda) gets released as a Supreme Court decision that remains relevant to this day is handed down. Then there is a second trial.
What happens to both victim and perpetrator will open eyes to the true nature of justice.
MIranda’s Victim is currently available on streaming platforms.