The Chamber Reviews
(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
Another fabulous John Grisham novel adaptation. A fierce and gritty endeaver from Director James Foley. The Chamber grabs you right from the powerfully emotional and nerve wracking opening sequence, and doesn't let go until the ending credits. It's a searing racially-charged legal drama that's absolutely riveting and packed with genuine and convincing emotion. A seriously strong film, one that shrouds the viewer with an ultra-charged whirlwind of emotion and legal prowess. A steller drama that pins you to your seat and injects you pure 100% adrenaline, I personally guarantee you that your pulse will race from the first minute up until the unbelievable ending. It's a nonstop thrill-a-second unpredictability that compells with it's touchy subject matter and hardboiled concepts. These Grisham novels make for excellent movie adaptations and The Chamber is no different.
Gene Hackman gives an absolutely brilliantly convincing performance of raw emotion, one that's award-worthy and also one of the best of his long-lasting and utterly lavish career. Chris O'Donnell is excellent throughout, and Faye Dunaway gives a searingly brilliant performance, she is a truly commanding talent onscreen.
There are too many racist ephithets and scenes that seem like they are glorifying the KKK, which is not presented as boring and stupid (although the Klansmen are presented as the bad guys). This film will leave a bad taste in your mouth. I'd skip it.