Darius Clark Monroe's Evolution of a Criminal is a deeply personal journey of one man's path to personal redemption. A story based off the filmmaker himself, Evolution of a Criminal examines how a good natured boy can decide, at 16-years-old, to rob a Texas Bank of America. Chronicling his life from an early age, Darius attempts to put the pieces together, showcasing a family growing up in an economically oppresed environment. Darius never makes excuses for his actions, never seeks pity, instead Evolution of a Criminal is a poignant cautionary tale. Evolution of a Criminal isn't interested in dissecting the American correction system only focusing on a man seeking forgiveness. Interweaving between impressively photographed reenactment footage and candid one-on-one interviews from people involved from every angle, the film raises compelling questions about the psycholcogical effects of a young child growing up in poverty. While Evolution of a Criminal does a fantastic job of having all the inverviees open up with utter honestiy, what makes the film so compelling is that Darus's story is deepy personal and his emotion and attonment feels geniune. Engaging, raw, and powerful, Evolution of a Criminal was an over looked docuemntary from 2014 about a man trying to put his life back togheter and atone for his sins.
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