A movie hasn’t impacted me like The Fear of 13 has. It kept me spellbound for the entire one hour and thirty-six minutes it ran. I couldn’t look away. I couldn’t stop listening.
The Fear of 13 is a story told by the man who lived it. Honesty rings true in Nick Yarris’s voice, and his descriptions make you gasp, hold your breath. Cry. The tag line says, “A convicted murderer who has spent 23 years on Death Row tells his story.” What you don’t understand, at first, is that it is actually Nick Yarris, sitting in a folding chair, telling you his story directly.
There are some re-enactments, of course, but they genuinely add to Mr. Yarris’ descriptions instead of explain them or visually show you what his words cannot. Mr. Yarris paints his story intelligently, with beautiful words, and he doesn’t sugarcoat what happened in prison. He is even brought to tears with his memories, and so are you. Mr. Yarris also doesn’t say he is innocent, except for two crimes, one of which was dropped, and the other put him on death row. Nor does he give you excuses for his life of crime prior to being imprisoned for a murder he did not commit.
This movie, this story touched my heart, my mind, and made me take a long hard look at myself and The Husband. We are not rich. We are very poor. Could this same thing happen to us? The answer, sadly, is that it could.
Watch this movie. Listen to this man’s story. It is on Netflix now. Even if you miss it on Netflix, this is one movie you need to watch because it is an important movie to see and experience.
The Fear of 13 . . . ten out of five stars.