Once known as Houdini for his multiple and improbable jailbreaks, Mark DeFriest was condemned to Florida's toughest prison after a lone psychiatrist declared he was faking mental illness. When that doctor reaches out 30 years later, DeFriest finds an unlikely ally willing to examine his infamous past and offer new insights to the Parole Commission.Written by
A very entertaining story that leaves Alcatraz in the dust.
We've all seen movies about the Alcatraz escape, and we've all wondered, maybe hoped, that one of them got away. As far back as there were news stories about famous bank robbers or train robbers, there were legendary outlaws and the public rooting them on. This story is the best of them all, because the escape artist is impressively clever while being funny and human. If this was a series of prison interviews I think a lot of people would fall asleep, but it's a mix of comic retelling of prison breaks, a heart breaking story of a guy getting tossed in jail for nonsense and then ending up with endless sentence extensions because he refused to stop breaking out. Take the journey with Mark, his lawyer, and one of the people he passed along the way. It's a deep cutting commentary on the U.S. prison system, but it's a good story, at the same time.
If there is anything bad you can say about this film, it's that the comic animations do get silly at times, but that is because the story is silly at times, and reality deserves a chance to entertain. There's no reason a prison documentary can't be part "Ted", if we're expected to believe it's true.
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