Movies based on real events often generate controversy due to the focus given to the facts, and the degree to which those responsible for making the film manipulate reality to bring it to the screen. Because, after all, every film has its fiction.
The issue is that there are times when the staging is manipulated in a very negative way towards certain actors in the story, so the criticism escalates in magnitude. This was the case for Midnight expressthe film released in 1978 and that captivated the subscribers of Netflix.
This film is based on the story of Billy Hayes, a young American who was arrested with several packages of hashish at an Istanbul airport, for which he was sentenced to four years in prison in the country. In prison he suffered abuses typical of a prison system that was not very humane, which he turned into an autobiography on which this film was based.
Directed by the great Alan Parker (the director of TheWall, among other great works), the film shows a cruel, inhuman and absolutely terrifying portrait of the Turkish country. Hayes, masterfully played by Brad Davies, appeals to his deepest strengths to overcome the constant torture, until, unable to take it anymore, he devises a plan to break out of prison.
The script for the film was drawn up by another master: Oliver Stone, who unleashed his creativity to emphasize the conflict and achieve a very crude effect on the viewers. Of course, this resulted in an excellent film, but a terrible image of Turkey, which beyond some real events, did not show what the country was really like.
And if that was not enough, Midnight express it was an absolute success. Her tremendous story and Parker’s touch attracted millions of viewers around the world, in addition to having achieved 2 Oscar awards, 5 Golden Globes and 3 BAFTAs. Undoubtedly, this caused a double effect: increased profits and criticism, reaching the point that Bill Hayes himself, 30 years after the fact and after having proscribed his crime, visited the country and publicly apologized for the negative effect. of the movie.
Beyond this and some other fact invented by Stone, the film is one of the best options to enjoy in Netflixundoubtedly a film worth seeing more than once.
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The classic film that is on Netflix and caused controversy around the world