Doesn't grab you from the start, but by mid way I started getting into it. I could go a whole other movie about Denzel Washington as a journalist. Loved his restrained performance and all those scenes of him working on phone calls etc. Also Roberts is gorgeous, so there's that.
This grew quite a bit on me upon rewatch. Knowing what to expect pace-wise, I was able to fully immerse myself in Pakula’s storytelling. There’s some astonishing photography throughout (those long lens shots, those office interior wides, the laborious camerawork), a defined aesthetic, and a strong sense of architecture that make this conspiracy/eco thriller a sophisticated experience.
Great suspense, a little bit inferior than Grisham's book, but very entertaining. And the coolest things about this film are: Stanley Tucci as a cold villain, and Victor Mattiece, the main villain of the film and he never appears on the screen, everybody talks about him but he's never there. Worst thing about the film: Julia Roberts expression during Callahan's death, that is the worst acting ever, painfully funny.
Competent slow-burner of a lawyer conspiracy thriller written by John Grisham that has an intriguing story that still engages even if it is far-fetched. Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts made an excellent team together and are engaging to look on screen. The film has a classic style and is directed with focus on the plot and not action sequences and made by the "creator" of the conspiracy genre, Alan J. Pakula.