3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015)

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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving November 2012, four boys in a red SUV pull into a gas station after spending time at the mall buying sneakers and talking to girls. With music ... See full summary »


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Director:

Marc Silver

Writer:

Marc Silver

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9 November 2017 | paul-allaer
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| Florida's "stand your ground" law examined in the "loud music" case
"3 1/2 Minutes Ten Bullets" (2015 release; 98 min.) is a documentary about the "loud music" incident at a Jacksonville gas station in 2012, where a middle-aged white guy ends up shooting at 4 male black teenagers in a car playing loud music, and killing one of them. Upon his arrest, he claims that he was "standing his ground", as defined under Florida law. But was he?

Couple of comments: this documentary tackles a super-interesting case from the legal perspective (disclaimer: I am a lawyer myself, although my practice is NOT in criminal law or doing court trials). The lawyer defending the shooter zeros in on it when he addresses the jury: "these are the elements of the Florida "stand your ground" law. You may or may not like that law, but that is irrelevant. Your duty is to apply the elements of that law." The amazing thing is that the jury does apply the law correctly in the end. What is not so amazing, and in fact is quite disappointing, is that this is not an "objective" documentary. It is pretty clear from the get-go where the documentary makers stand in their beliefs. This should've been a riveting documentary and while certain parts of it are (in particular the court scenes), it is not enough (for me, anyway).

I recently stumbled on this documentary while browsing the Documentary section of HBO On Demand. Glad I checked it out, even though as already mentioned, the documentary is not even-handed. But the legal case itself is worth checking out.

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Written by
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Published by EMI April Music Inc. & Lellow Productions
Performed by Alicia Keys
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Genres

Documentary | Crime

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Release Date:

2 October 2015

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,238 21 June 2015

Gross USA:

$30,407

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,263

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