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A slow, slow burn that ends on a high note, at least for me. Strong direction makes this film
I was completely engrossed by the plot, despite its complexity and the unbelievable but fascinating premise. Denzel and Julia are both great and believable. It is hard to think of two actors who are more intrinsically believable in ordinary-people roles. I continue to be very impressed by the way that Julia Roberts plays all her roles straight; she respects her audience most than more actors.
Decent political thriller, though events of the late 201Xs make it seem a bit naive regarding the power of revelations of obstruction of justice. Still worth a watch if you are in the mood.
The best courtroom movie ever made!
How can the director of Klute, The Parallax View, All The President's Men, and Presumed Innocent go wrong? By starting with a lousy script, and working with actors who cannot overcome their star power to provide any subtlety or nuance. Those other films are among my favorites, and have plenty of A-List talent, but they're not forced to appear heroic or speak dumbed down dialogue. This story is complex, but there's no depiction of how Julia Roberts actually goes about creating her famous Brief, putting the pieces together. That should have been the heart of this movie. Instead we get caricatured hit guys, newspaper editors and a hunky law professor, with no build up of tension or the requisite intelligence. There are plenty of people who couldn't follow the events in President's Men, but that doesn't mean it should have been simplified, and Pakula was faithful in that pic, one of my favorites. This one is just lazy.
A realistic conspiracy story that the audience can actually follow.
Rivwrting. The end is a bit overly schmaltzy.
Pakula is at his best when navigating between a world of political conspiracy on the one hand, and intrepid investigation on the other. While the movie could stand to lose some of its fat-do we need to see the trip to a rehab clinic, just for a single name? do we need to watch Roberts go through the process of opening a safety deposit box?-Pakula has otherwise crafted a popcorn thriller up to his usual, if not his brightest, standards.
A pretty good mystery/thriller, set mostly in DC, with some involvement from the US president. It's definitely too long and too slow in many parts, but does do well to show Shaw (Roberts) & Grantham (Washington) uncovering clues. The two leads definitely carry the film - score's not bad, decent support cast and relatively high body count, for what's essentially a journalism story!
Stellar Conspiracy Theory Movie...1 of my favourite Grisham Movies...Denzel is Beautiful in this. SUPERB supporting cast, Serious Sam Shepherd, John Herd, Jovial John Lithgow, William Atherton, Hume Cronyn, Jake Weber, Stanley Tucci, Robert Culp...Julia's part could have been played by anyone, although she does seem genuinely "Freaked"