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The Mannsfield 12 [DVD]
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In Mannsfield State Penitentiary, the warden has a special place for the most successful hustlers in the joint. It's called East Wing. If you live here it's because you have a hustle so sweet the warden wants you close so that his kick backs come easier.
Twelve inmates reside in East Wing. Andrew Perryman was sent to Mannsfield on an eighteen month sentence. His father is a big wig and silently pays the Warden $50,000 a month to put young Perryman in with hardcore criminals to teach him a lesson. The Warden places Andrew in East Wing. Andrew caves psychologically because of all the intimidation and violence he sees. In an act of desperation he stabs a guard, Barron. The Warden quickly removes Perryman from East Wing. In an effort to get one of the other inmates to confess and keep his monthly pay off coming in, the Warden tortures all twelve inmates one by one. But the Warden greatly underestimates these twelve men and in doing so, he underestimates the human spirit.
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Aaron D. Spears plays Ali. He is slightly different from the rest of the gang. He is smart and just wants to do his time and get out. He is protected by the guards. A new white kid, Andrew Perryman (Garette Ratliff Henson) son of a rich man (Richard Lyonhart) has entered the Massachusetts Institute. The warden ( V.J. Foster ) is being paid $50,000 a month to keep his son from being harmed.
The warden "leans" on the Mannsfield 12 with a Black Betty to ensure he gets his money. The "12" are all in the east wing. They run things from there, including drugs and comfort girls. They get paid and the warden gets a kick-back. Perryman has started smoking crack and is paranoid, afraid of being raped by Monsta (Justice Smith). The "12" think the warden can do with less money now that he has a new income, however the warden gets greedy and demands 50% instead of the usual 10% to the dismay of Hunnit Grand (Tony Todd) the leader of group who runs things from his wheelchair. However things don't go as planned which is what makes this story interesting.
It is a good movie, but there are some plot weaknesses. Amazing how criminals suddenly become noble and honest in prison. The ending was not what I expected.
No real nudity, no real sex scenes, some blood, torture, f-bombs.
'Elite', evil prisoners come up against a corrupt warden and supporting prison system, and we're supposed to feel sympathy for them: a bunch of murderers and drug dealers. The only time I feel anything even remotely sorry for their plight is when they have to share screen space with the guy who plays the prison warden. He turns in a performance so mind-numbingly bad it makes some of theirs look like Larry Olivier in his pomp. Truly.
However, the whole thing is watchable for two scenes alone: one of which is probably intentionally ridiculous (see below). The good one is where all twelve prisoners act as a jury, debating the persons and prison system that persecutes and punishes them, and pass their judgement. They're all dressed in suits at this stage (you have to suspend your disbelief) and put their points across with something approaching eloquence. It's a very clever scene and would be more at home in a classier film with a better script.
The other `classic' scene features the bunch of them walking out of the dark, solitary prison cells they've been cooped-up in, isolated from each other for six months. They've bonded now you see, they're BROTHERS. And to prove it, they're all walking back to their regular cells, in unison, in slow motion, each of them sporting a pair of designer shades! The first item any cool guy would pine for after a spell in solitary.
Chockfull of cartoon violence, this is perfect if you just want a plain silly movie to entertain you for an hour and a half. And for that reason alone I give it two stars
Tough, gritty and violent throughout, this film pulls no punches whatsoever in its portrayal of the essentially base nature of men, particularly those who have lost their way through material greed, positions of power and opportunism, forced to spend their days in the close proximity of others of their kind. (And I'm not talking about the life-sentence convicts who actually make up the twelve of the title.) Where the film falls down though is in the pitifully poor lines which hamper all of the actors, severely damaging the credibility of their characters, together with the Craig Ross Jr's penchant for trying to make points by simply belabouring them to death, rather than developing tension through plot development, revelation and exposition. As the result, the viewer is frequently left bewildered and confused as to what is going on, or why. And on more than one occasion feels to have been on the receiving end of as brutal a beating as any of those portrayed on-screen.Read more ›
He looks out for Ali as best he can, and Ali keeps himself pretty much to himself. The Governors son is terrified because Monsta, on of the Deuces, has marked him out for his own, and in a fit of terror he lashes out with a weapon, and stabs the guard thinking he is Monsta. Everything then spirals out of control. The Warden doesn't want to lose his lucrative deal with the Governor, so he denies the guard medical attention, bribing another guard to say nothing, and do nothing. The matter has to be hushed up, so that the Governor's son is not implicated, and the Warden demands that one of the 12 prisoners on the wing sign a confession, and he will make sure that they don't get the death penalty, and will give them $250,000. The question is............will truth and honesty overcome greed?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didnt think much of this dvd really watched but nothing special really one of them films to watch in nothing else onPublished on 17 July 2013 by Hayley Myles
I'm normally a fan of action movies, even the ones oozing buckets of testosterone so I thought I would probably like this. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2010 by F. Martin
Let's be honest, how many movies do you see that are made today that present the notion of friendship without it becoming corny and Disney like? Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2009 by Caleb Williams
This is certainly a watchable enough film, but somehow it didn't quite come off. It largely tends towards a very gritty, realistic feel- displaying the corruption of prison life... Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2008 by Wayne Redhart (@wayneredhart on Twitter!)
Not quite sure where some of the other critics are actually coming from. Yes the film was badly lit, but it was a prison?! Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2008 by David A. Nash
Craig Ross Jr's Mannsfield 12 is a story of prison life, of criminals on both sides of the law, and companionship against injustice. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2008 by carlosnightman
I was exicted and interested to see this film. I enjoy prison drama's and liked Tony Todd in the 'Candyman' films, so was looking forward to watching this. Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2008 by Mr. L. Moreland
I don't usually like prison movies, but this was very entertaining. With a mostly all black cast of well known actors Tony Todd etc. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2008 by minxymoo
This movie is supposed to be loosely based on true events of the Mansfield 12. It's rather slow paced and at times didn't make sense - for example there were times when the movie... Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2008 by Silverfrog