Review Date: January 12, 1999
Director: Steve Zaillian
Writer: Steve Zaillian
Producers: R. Pfeffer, R. Redford, S. Rudin
William H. Macy
The plot is well developed, as is the execution of the film, but the missing link seemed to be the emotional attachment to the film or any of its characters. This seemed to be non-existent for me. Travolta's cold performance may have been the reason. Or maybe the lack of tension or real suspense. Not sure. All's I know is that the film had a superb idiosyncratic performance by Bobby Duvall, some interesting law factoids, and enough stars to agreeably allow me to weather its two-hour runtime, all without wowing me over.
All in all, a mediocre fabrication of law-cinema, offering some points of interest, no real action, and a weak ending, which applauds the hard work and genuine nature of some lawyers out there, while belaboring a few of the justice system's systemic imperfections. No need to see it on the big screen. Catch it on video, if interested.