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2nd Chance

A documentary chronicling the life of Richard Davis, the man who invented the concealable bulletproof vest - shooting himself 196 times in the course of his career to prove the effectiveness of his vests. (NR, 89 min.)


Tuesday, January 3, 2023

8:00 PM

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

8:30 PM

Thursday, January 5, 2023

5:00 PM

Broke, brave, and brash, Richard Davis shot himself 192 times. Why? To invent the modern-day bulletproof vest and launch a multimillion-dollar company. He was a hero to police and the military, until tragedy brought him down. His is an American story of guns, violence, lies, and self-deception. [Bleeker Street]

Starring: Richard Davis
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Genre: Documentary

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"One of the year’s best documentaries."

— Andy Howell, Film Threat

"2nd Chance may be the best Errol Morris movie that Errol Morris never made."

— Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"2nd Chance a terrific American tall tale as well as a cautionary tale and a ripping good yarn."

— Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

"There are so many incredibly entertaining pieces to Richard's saga, allocated into potent chapters, and Bahrani is in masterful control of their larger meaning."

— Nick Allen,

"Through startlingly candid interviews, wild archival footage, and a keen visual sense, Bahrani shows how Davis’s invention changed the world, and what the true lasting effects of that change have been."

— Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

"Making a great documentary is half finding the right story, half knowing what to do with it. Ramin Bahrani hits the jackpot on both counts in this slyly entertaining but also morally and emotionally resonant investigation."

— Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

"Davis’ story seems ripe for a sensational, multi-episode streaming event à la "Tiger King," but in Bahrani’s thorough and tactful hands, it yields a fascinating, infuriating but eventually touching piece of non-fiction storytelling."

— Carlos Aguilar, TheWrap

"As crafted by Bahrani, this fascinating portrait of a hero/villain who comes across as both affable and unpleasant, often simultaneously, is a Greek tragedy and a Shakespearean comedy with a touch of 'Tiger King' all expertly rolled into one all-too-pertinent cautionary tale."

— Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times