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Performance of the First Degree,
This review is from: Murder In The First [DVD]  (DVD)
Other reviewers have described the plot so no need for me to do so.
This is a powerful film that should be seen if for no other reason than to see the brilliant performance of Kevin Bacon, an actor who, for this viewer, never fails to deliver exceptional performances and yet never seems to gain the acclaim he deserves. Murder In The First should have won him an Oscar.
The film grips hard and never lets go, even long after it ends. Hats off to its director and the entire cast. Gary Oldman delivers what one always expects from Oldman: rare and awesome excellence. And though Christian Slater does at times seem like a pup in the company of giants, his performance is not to be dismissed.
But make no mistake about it, this is Bacon's film.