Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington headline and Alan J. Pakula (Presumed Innocent) directs this first rate thriller based on the best selling book by John Grisham. Two Supreme Court justices have been murdered and a lone law student (Roberts) turns her suspicions about the deaths into a speculative brief that sends shock waves into the highest levels of government. She and a determined investigative reporter (Washington) want to tell the world what they have uncovered if they live to tell it. The race is on and these two are more than runners. They're moving targets.
I saw this movie before I read the book, which I find is always best, otherwise the movie can be a bit of a let down. Starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, it is an adaptation of the John Grisham novel of the same name. The plot is well defined and taken to its conclusion, not leaving us with any loose ends or nagging questions. I thought it was a really good movie.
Normally, the script of this movie, in the light of such gems as "National Treasure" would only rate a 3. But, the plot and its various, and quite ingenious twists and turns are quite deserving of a higher rating.
There is a bit of shooting, a few people die but it isn't gory. There is suspense, but not to the point of being a horror movie. I would let a young teen watch it, perhaps. If they really pay attention to the making of the script, their homework essays /might/ just improve a little!
This oddly named film is a great hour of viewing, an excellent feature of the thriller genre. Julia Roberts stars as an eager young law student who stumbles upon a conspiracy to pervert justice in the judiciary, which is important enough for some people to kill for. A blockbuster of 10 years of age, its still a great film worthy of your discovery.
John Grisham novels all seem to follow the same formula plus they are shallow and predictable, but people love them and then they are turned into shallow and predictable movies like the Pelican Brief which drags on for two hours and twenty minutes with Julia Roberts being infuriatingly perfect and everything slotting conveniently into place.
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