Unfortunately Cindy's story is too common. The toll something like this takes on a family was documented beautifully and honestly.
The Sentence (2018) 1080p YIFY Movie
The Synopsis for The Sentence (2018) 1080p
Cindy Shank, mother of three, is serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement with a Michigan drug ring years earlier. This intimate portrait of mandatory minimum drug sentencing's devastating consequences, captured by Cindy's brother, follows her and her family over the course of ten years.
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The Reviews for The Sentence (2018) 1080p
Unfortunately True, Incredibly UnfortunateReviewed bycastro-62221Vote: 10/10
I want to love every movie I watch. Unfortunately, the majority of the time that isn't the case.
There is a theme in recent documentaries of being all over the place and leaving out details.
For the first 15 minutes, I knew nothing about Cindy (the lead) or what happened to her. They didn't even talk about what had happened. You hear calls between her and the kids etc, but no clue why. Please, start with the background story first and make them more linear.
This was more an emotional plea than factual and honest. You don't live with someone who deals drugs and has guns all over and you either don't know or not involved. Don't buy it. I feel REALLY horrible for the kids.
Sentences ARE ridiculous and I have issues with the whole industry of drugs/crimes etc. (meaning I don't think doing drugs should be a crime) However, I don't like manipulative filmmakers playing down certain facts to reach an emotional conclusion.
But how do you leave out the trial? Nothing from the other side, like the prosecutor, defense attorney, jurors etc. We learned pretty much NOTHING about why she went to prison (besides just the overall allegation). If you make a movie about injustice SHOW IT, don't talk about it. You just don't get sentenced to prison for 15 years for being a girlfriend. They basically talked about how much they love their mom for 90 minutes. Why did the FEDS wait 6 years after dropping the case? There are more questions than answers in this.
Whatever happened to her is messed up, but without all the facts it felt empty and incomplete. Plus it could have been 15 minutes shorter. A lot of repetitive stuff.
The girls were the most amazing part. The end felt a bit rushed. They should have shown more of the process. Lots of crying and hugging.
One critic wrote: "Rudy Valdez has no distance from the material, which works simultaneously in the film's favor and, largely, its disfavor." I tend to agree. It just felt like a home movie, but not like a documentary.
It's worth watching, but it could have been so much better.
UPDATE! After thinking about it more, it was actually worse than I initially wrote. You learned nothing about why there was an injustice. Don't make a film about mandatory sentences and/or injustice and now show anything about it. It was 90 minutes of repetitive calls from the children to the mom for over 9 years. That was pretty much it, but that's not enough for a film.
This movie showed how the mandatory sentencing program for drugs is a failure. First of all, I want to say that this is such an amazing family. They were so supportive of her. Whether or not she knew about her boyfriend's drug involvement does not justify a 15-year sentence, destroying the lives of her entire family. What good did it do for society in general to put someone like this is prison? All it did was leave emotional scars on those poor children having to be away from their mother for so long. It was truly heartbreaking to see the emotional strain on her husband, children, mother, father, brothers and sister. Her brother Rudy (filmmaker) did an excellent job documenting the struggles and heartbreak and how something like this affects so many.