Samuel L Jackson
Despite that, the film delivers some pretty interesting moments yet strangely enough, the most interesting are the ones where Affleck and Jackson are involved with others. Affleck has great chemistry with the two women in his life. The hot n' sexy Amanda Peet is his devilishly scheming wife and the also hot n' sexy Toni Colette is his colleague and mistress. The man is set. He also interacts brilliantly with Sydney Pollack who plays his boss, in fact, their conversation about how Wall Street lawyers end up living with their consciences was the highlight of the film for me. Jackson, on the other hand, has mostly solo scenes and the ones with his entourage usually involve him snapping, yelling, threatening and reading excerpts of the scriptures before he plugs you with lead...oops! Sorry. That last one was PULP FICTION... or JACKIE BROWN... or THE NEGOTIATOR... or you get my drift. Either way though, the film was good without being great. It was a solid way to spend a couple of hours and I must admit that I was a bit more interested in it this time around, but I can't really see why, unless I was hoping for more of the Peet/Collette duo which was the glue holding this sucker together even with their limited on-screen time. It's worth a look but don't hinge your hopes on getting anything tremendous out of this big-name cast. With a quick 98 minute running time, you can't really go wrong though.
"The writers' perspective" is the next kid on the block. This is a 13-minute long discussion with screenwriters Michael Tolkin and Chap Taylor (who the hell names their kid "Chap"!?!?) about their whole take on the film and its conversion from script to finished product. Again, they wax poetic about how great everything turned out and how great working with everyone was. Who would expect otherwise? The only feature that was really worth taking note of was the very small array of deleted and extended scenes. You only get two deleted scenes and one extended one, including a pretty stirring scene where Jackson, already on the edge, ends up on his knees in his bosses office begging for his job aback after getting the heave-ho. The theatrical trailer is also available.