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The Firm
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06.20.2011 By: Jaci Selby
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Director:
Sydney Pollack

Actors:
Tom Cruise
Gene Hackman
Ed Harris

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Young law student Mitch McDeere is being courted by the legal firm of his dreams. Lavish gifts, powerful friends and a dream job are all part of an offer he can't- and doesn't refuse. But things quickly turn sour as Mitch discovers that the firm is not what it seems. Before he knows it, both Mitch and his wife are in danger and he must find a way to get out before it's too late.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE FIRM, going on twenty years old is still the quintessential legal thriller. Tom Cruise is young and intense portraying ambitious Mitch. Gene Hackman is perfect as the mentor-turned villain, Avery. Playing the FBI agent pursuing the firm is Ed Harris. I would say Garey Busey is underused, except that quantities of Garey Busey are more concentrated than with other actors. Breaking up the male-dominated cast are Jeanne Tripplehorn as Mitch's wife Abby, and Holly Hunter as Tammy Hemphill. Both women are fantastic and their scenes together hold great chemistry. While I knew that Holly Hunter received an Oscar nom for her role in THE FIRM, I didn't realize how small that role actually was. (She's only on screen for a little over five minutes.) Regardless, the acting in the movie is all dead-on which creates for a genuine movie experience. Sometimes, with films, the plot is there, but the acting isn't and it's such a disappointment.

It's definitely a little long, going over two and a half hours. Add the high-intensity level to this and you'll empathize with the stress put on the characters. As it's a John Grisham tale, it's of course set in the South. Memphis provides the backdrop and a slow jazz and soul piano soundtrack complements the southern setting. The Cayman Island scenes are accompanied by steel drum tracks, and the intense chase scenes are made more so by the compositions of Dave Grusin. If you're wondering why I'm touching so much on the soundtrack, it's not only highly-acclaimed, it was a big part of my younger years. (My parents used to play it in their restaurant and the chase scene songs made me too scared to take the garbage to the dumpster)
THE EXTRAS
Theatrical Trailers: Only a teaser and theatrical trailer here. I'd almost understand the lack of special features in a movie over fifteen years old, except the TRON Blu-Ray had over twenty. They couldn't even get an interview with John Grisham or Holly Hunter? The mayor of Memphis? Some kind of "Get Your Briefcase Through Memphis" game? Damn.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The transfer is great, with color and crispness surprising for those of us who may expect less from an older film. I'd absolutely buy this on Blu-Ray for the movie alone, as the special features are incredibly lacking. Those of you (and I know there are quite a few) who enjoy soundtracks will definitely like Dave Grusin's original score and soundtrack.
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12:38PM on 06/20/2011

Huh?

You spend a whole paragraph doing nothing but praising the actors, calling all of them "dead on", but then you end it with "Sometimes the plot is there, but the acting isn't and it's such a disappointment." What???
You spend a whole paragraph doing nothing but praising the actors, calling all of them "dead on", but then you end it with "Sometimes the plot is there, but the acting isn't and it's such a disappointment." What???
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1:32PM on 06/20/2011
Referring to other "movie experiences" being disappointing.
Referring to other "movie experiences" being disappointing.

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