Runaway Jury, a movie adaptation of the John Grisham novel, The Runaway Jury, is another great courtroom thriller. In my opinion, it could easily have been renamed, The Sting, which of course is another great movie starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, and one we will review another day … now back to Runaway Jury …
If you’re a John Cusack fan like me, you’re going to love his role as Nicholas Easter, Juror number 9, in this courtroom drama. And who better to play a greedy, unethical jury consultant than Gene Hackman as Rankin Fitch. Dustin Hoffman plays the role of pro bono attorney Wendell Rohr and Rachel Weisz plays the role of Nick Easter’s girlfriend, Marlee.
The courtroom case in this movie revolves around a very emotionally charged issue … gun control. FYI – The book courtroom case revolves around the tobacco industry. Whatever the case revolves around, when it’s all said and done the story is about a lot more than that. In the movie, it’s about interpretation and pros and cons of the Second Amendment, it’s about jury tampering, it’s about a corrupt system and greed, but it is also about trying to enact change, about doing the right thing, and about trusting in the judicial system. The method in which each interested party goes about trying to reach their desired verdict or conclusion is what’s entertaining. There are a lot of moving parts that come together quite nicely in the end.
That’s all I can tell you right now so be sure and put this film on your movie watching “To Do List.”
Note: The novel The Runaway Jury was John Grisham’s seventh novel and was first published by Doubleday Books in 1996.
Fun Flick Finds:
1. When the blind man, Hermann Grimes, played by Bamman, arrives in the courtroom, look for the clock on the judge’s desk. What time is it?
2. How many years has Wendell Rohr been practicing law?