The Thin Blue Line

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Natasha Herrera English 124 April 2, 2013 Justice is an idea of honorable rightness grounded by ethics, rationality, religion, equality or fairness, but it is not like that in all cases. Errol Morris, a well-known filmmaker explores the idea of the justice system and attempts to expose their dishonesty through his ground-breaking documentary, “The Thin Blue Line” a story of two complete strangers who’s path meet with one another and were caught in the middle of a Dallas police murder. Through out the documentary Morris provides the viewers with different details about the murder while attempting to convince us that Adams is innocent, Harris is guilty, and that the American justice system is corrupted. Through the juxtaposition of images and opening statements, ironic reenactments, and archival movie footage Morris cleverly directs the audience towards the obvious conclusion in order to expose how corrupt our justice system is. Morris begins the film with a juxtaposition of introductory statements from both parties who were involved in the murder of officer Woods. In order to convince the audience that Adams is an innocent man and the distrust of Harris. The audience first sees and hears Adams, which immediately set the rest of the tone for the documentary. Adams begins talking about his first couple of days in Dallas, and how him an his brother were trying to get to California, “I’m not in town for half a day and I got the job.” The viewers acknowledge that Adams is a hard-working man, who has a bright future ahead of him. Which makes them think twice that a hard-working man is not capable of murder. Morris turns the scene onto David Harris, who is sitting in bright orange jumpsuit, as he portrays his not so great journey to Dallas. “I’d run away from home a couple times… And this started the day I was running away from home, I took the pistol from my dad and

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