An aspiring teacher (Hughley) takes the one job he's offered, a position at a school inside a prison.

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An aspiring teacher (Hughley) takes the one job he's offered, a position at a school inside a prison.

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A powerful, provocative film.
8 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

To me this is what movie-making is about: pushing the envelope, transporting the audience to a place they couldn't or wouldn't go, and creatively taking them through that journey. "Shackles" is a story about a teacher trying to reach the unreachable youth inside Shackleton Penitentiary and some of these scenes will blow you away. Incredibly authentic, tense and at the same time innovative, with edits that show concurrent action and the use of modern "spoken word" poetry, this movie deserves to be seen. Filmmakers can learn a lot about how a powerful, well-written story is crafted into a uniquely edited and directed movie. Performances are knock-out too. There are at least a couple of stars-in-the-making in this one.


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