The Chamber Reviews

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½ July 23, 2015
Despite sleek direction and Hackman's stellar work as a despicable Klansman, 'The Chamber' feels like a lot hot air. A film built around uncovering secrets and rocking the Mississippi boat wastes time on alluding to threads that are never explored, instead of focusing on the core story of a man coming to terms with his family's dark past.
½ March 3, 2014
tries to be hannibal and fails at it tremendously.
April 28, 2015
Pretty much a weaker version of Dead Man Walking.
March 18, 2015
The story has weaknesses (just like the US political and legal system ...), but the film is better than the reviews ... excellent Gene Hackman!
½ September 16, 2014
The cast does a fairly good job but the film never adds up and in the long run it's just nonsense, like the book it's based on.
April 20, 2014
Seen very mixed reviews for this film but I happened to quite enjoy it. Surprisingly moving as Cayhall comes to terms with his crimes and meets his maker.
January 11, 2014
Hard to watch at times, but very well done. This film could've used better editing, because there's a lot of useless scenes here, but overall, a good film. I haven't read the Grisham novel though, so I can't say if this was a faithful adaptation or not.
July 7, 2008
Junk...bad acting and sorry I still don't have any sympathy for murderers on death row
½ July 24, 2013
A vastly inferior version of "Dead Man Walking"
½ July 18, 2013
Decent, although a bit preachy and the dialogue can be a bit irritating.
May 5, 2013
Completely under rated.
December 29, 2012
Good show! Gene Hackman does a good job acting!
December 7, 2012
Could be worth watching. Will find and devour with my eyes!
September 18, 2012
Although it's excruciating and purposely emotional on every level, it seems a bit too over-talked most of the time. It's not as suspenseful as most of the previous adaptations of John Grisham's novels. However, I must say that Chris O'Donnell and Gene Hackman shows outstanding acting skills in this clash of two distant generations, with their contradicting viewpoints. Don't underestimate the tearjerker finale.
July 25, 2012
Underated. I found it compelling and thought provoking.
½ April 15, 2012
Not really a court room drama movie, more about releasing a man from prison. Has a couple of small twists but nothing engaging.
½ April 14, 2012
Gene Hackman is as good as always but 'The Chamber' is an insulting, unsuspenseful would-be-wise courtroom drama.
March 23, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012

(1996) The Chamber

Sometime during the 60's two young boys were killed during a bomb explosion, and it was soon found out that it was linked with the KKK with Gene Hackman as Sam being a prime suspect and is being sentenced to death. Back to the present day, and an inpsiring young lawyer, Adam (Chris O' Donnel) wants this case to be his first and to prove that he relly wasn't the one that did it, for reasons that he knows him and is part of a family member.

Whatever message this film is trying to convey, somehow gets lost since they're far more heinous acts than the one that is made up!

2 out of 4
½ April 8, 2012
A very mature and moving film. It's a pity the critics failed to turn up to see it, which is the only conclusion I can draw from their dreary and decapitated "critiques". USA Today's "criticism" is an appalling and irrelevant nose-blow. if you want a strong story line and some very emotional moments, watch this.
½ March 25, 2012
Really enjoyed this film, or what I can remember of it, Gene at his best.
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