Documentaries seldom have the real-world impact of THE THIN BLUE LINE, a study of an unjustly imprisoned man that actually led to his conviction being overturned. Still, one wishes filmmaker Errol Morris had jettisoned some of the movie's stylistic devices to spend more time on details;
the result would have been a film that might not have looked as nice but would certainly have left fewer nagging questions in viewers' minds.
With no narration and generally staying in chronological sequence, Morris tells this story by combining interviews with staged re-enactments. (The interviewees are not identified until the end credits, which sometimes causes both frustratio...