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Thanks to an outstanding script, focused direction by Alan Pakula, and a riveting performance from Harrison Ford, Presumed Innocent is the kind of effective courtroom thriller most others aspire to be.
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The movie is plump with twists, turns and blind alleys. Who can be trusted? Who is innocent? Who is guilty?
Pakula's strong suit has always been his work with actors, and he's got a lot of good ones at his disposal. Ford gives a smart, self-effacing performance.
Conscientiously as this movie has been made, it does not work as well as the novel did or as some of Pakula's other films have.
Pakula and the cast are excellent in the cut and thrust debates and the grilling of witnesses. At least on the surface, Presumed Innocent unfolds in the grand tradition of great courtroom drama. But nothing in Presumed Innocent is what it seems.
Presumed Innocent is a stylish, dark-toned movie with handsome photography (by Gordon Willis) and solid performances.
A ponderous adaptation of Scott Turow's cunningly plotted mystery novel.
The film's densely constructed trial sequences are freighted with rich detail, unexpected turns and intimate insights into the criminal justice system.
It presents a more intriguing and certainly more complicated portrait of cinema's historic struggle with representations of female agency and sexuality.
This could have been a great movie, but, despite being a darn good yarn well told, the essential magic is somehow missing.
A thudding disappointment.
Never less than engrossing.
When you get right down to it, Presumed Innocent is really just an elaborate version of the standard courtroom drama -- souped-up Perry Mason. On the other hand, this is as good as Perry Mason gets.
A prosecutor's mistress is murdered, and he becomes the prime suspect.
Throughout the majority of this film, I was bored. Harrison Ford was not at his most dynamic, charming, or interesting, and the supporting players were also relatively bland; when Raul Julia is bland in a film, you've got a story. I was all set to give it two stars or lower, and then the end happened. It got me. I'm usually pretty good at predicting the ends of films, especially mysteries, but I was truly stumped, and I don't mind admitting it. What's great about the reveal is that it's not unfair. All the clues are there, but they're so subtly placed that it's understandable that I didn't pick up on them.
Overall, while it's no The Usual Suspects, this film gets bonus points for its unpredictable and compelling ending.
An interesting movie. Harrison Ford is Rusty Savage, a prosecutor. One of his fellow prosecutors is murdered and Rusty is charged with murder. You have to see the movie to find out who did it.
On second watch, a couple years after the first, I downgraded my rating a bit. The movie is almost too obscure.
I have to start this off by saying I LOVE HARRISON FORD! It's rare that he's in a movie I don't like. With that said, I'm going to go ahead and say I liked this movie too. It had twists, sex, dirty politicians, affairs and amazing acting. I loved the ending.
First of all, I'll like to admit that I wasn't quite able to predict the culprit in this whodunit, which is something that doesn't happen often (almost negligible). Despite of that fact, surprisingly I didn't like the movie much. Actually, I didn't care who it was by the time it reached the ending. Furthermore, I'm not sure what made me react this way!!! My best guess is that the (horrible) acting department was to be blamed for it. While Harrison Ford was terrible, all the others were mediocre. As if everyone was sleepwalking!!! Sorry, not everyone. One actor was simply outstanding: Raul Julia. He succeeded in making the movie bearable, at least for me.
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