In this drama based on John Grisham’s best-selling novel, Nick Easter gets himself on the jury of a landmark case against a gun manufacturer and, as the foreman, tries to influence the other jury members to vote a certain way.
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It’s always fun to watch overqualified actors chew scenery in such thoroughly entertaining fashion. It’s a shame the directing is trying so hard to be dynamic and “get it going.” There’s almost a track-left/track-right Michael Bay style going on and it hardly works. The message gets a little muddled at the end despite still being somewhat relevant. All in all, about what you’d expect, a good movie for a lazy night.
Court room drama filled with cast members that better directors strive to have. John Grisham's plot feel believable as it tells about how big corporations use private investigators to control jury members to vote on their behalf. It is also refreshing to see that everyone has some "dirty hands". Gene Hackman retired after this one making his final moments in the movie bitter-sweet.
On it's own this film is just unfortunate, but in comparison to the book it's unforgivable. The cynical, interesting characters of the book have become flat, either ridiculously heroic or villainous. Even worse the film ducks the central, controversial issue of the book.