Top positive review
Justice is served in the courtroom and out
16 December 2018
Hackman plays a jury fixer, Hoffman the principled and moral counterparty prosecutor, and Cusack the inside man who, with the help of a close and trusted outsider, goes up against the multi-million dollar American arms industry. The courtroom scenes are intense, and the juror interactions interesting enough, though the mystery and uncertainty around whose side Cusack is on is more often than not distracting from the main plot thrust and nuances. Hackman overplays his role as the arms manufacturers’ jury-rigger stooge, though his gradual unravelling is enjoyable to watch. Hoffman deserved a more direct role and purpose in the final reckoning, but the central theme of justice being served beyond, as well as within, the courtroom is well-balanced and expertly timed. An enjoyable and intelligent ride.