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Runaway Jury (2003)

2 Ratings: 3.5
A movie directed by Gary Fleder

Based on the bestseller by John Grisham,Runaway Juryis a slick thriller that's exciting enough to overcome the gaps in its plot. The ultimate target has been changed: Grisham's legal assault on the tobacco industry was switched to the hot-button … see full wiki

Director: Gary Fleder
1 review about Runaway Jury (2003)

Suspenseful film despite implausability

  • Jul 1, 2004
Rating:
+3
This film is another legal thriller based on A Grisham novel. It is full of plot twists and turns, related to the premise of Jury manipulation that is carried out in a highly unrealistic manner. That is the most significant flaw in this movie - that the whole scenario just couldn't happen, as anyone who has ever been called for jury duty would recognize. That said, the story is captivating and you can't tell where the plot is leading until the end unless you've read the novel. John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz lead a stellar cast in a story that plays on empathy for victims of gun violence. In my opinion, that is another flaw in the movie: that it caters to anti-gun interests by portraying a gun manufacturer as greedy, irresponsible, and callous. It seems a bit sad that someone would become so obsessed with seeking "justice" after the shooting of someone close to them that they would plot for years to hijack a jury to punish a gun manufacturer. In the context of the Runaway Jury story the manufacturer deserves consequences for their business practices, while in real life guns are often a focus of misplaced blame for social violence. Regardless of its flaws, this movie is well-executed and suspenseful, another solid cinematic presentation of a Grishman legal thriller.

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