The Wronged Man features Julia Ormond in a fine performance as a paralegal who works for over fifteen years to help accused child rapist Calvin Willis prove his innocence of this crime. "Based on a true story" is what we are told at the beginning of the film. Willis spends twenty-two years in a Lousiana jail for a crime DNA evidence eventually proves he did not commit. That much is certainly true. It is also true that Janet Gregory, the paralegal played by Ormond, works tirelessly to exonerate Willis. Year after year her appeals are denied, yet she never gives up. Her patience and hard work are rewarded. At the end of the film we see Willis and Gregory walk out of prison together as family and friends gather around them.
From beginning to end this is Julia Ormond's film and she does not disappoint. She plays Janet Gregory as a person who has few resources other than her own intelligence, hard work, and determination. Ormond is a skilled actor who shows us a woman who is almost broken by frustration and disappointment with a court system which opposes her at every turn. Even when DNA testing becomes available to establish Willis's innocence, years pass before the tests are taken and the results set Willis free. Watching this film is often difficult because we become angry and frustrated ourselves at a system that does not seem to care about guilt or innocence, only convictions. Recommended.