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Review of Runaway Jury

Posted by phduffy on 2004-02-22 20:58:46
 
You may have recently seen some ads for Runaway Jury. They're all over the place. Well I rented it!
Sweet!

Dustin Hoffman represents the widow of a man that died via gun violence. She's suing the gun company.
Gene Hackman has been hired by the gun company to help pick the jury.
John Cusack ends up on the jury. Then the jury starts to runaway.

Okay, I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll leave the plot there. At times the plot wasn't quite what you thought it was going to be, which was nice.

There's a whole bunch of people in this movie that you'll recognize from all sorts of other movies. (Bill Simmons calls them 'those guys'). I wonder if there were parts of the movie that were cut out, as certain characters don't seem to serve a purpose. Dustin Hoffman also has a jury consultant, but he really serves very little purpose.

This is a pretty cynical view of the legal system. The premise of the movie is that the outcome of a trial can be bought. Hackman's character exists to buy off/bribe jurors to get the desired results.

With that said, this is a pretty fun movie. Cusack does a good job, and there's a nice scene with Hoffman and Hackman where they get to show off their acting chops. HI YA!

The ads I've seen all talk about a 'twist ending'. This is a little misleading. The ending may not be completely obvious, but I would't call it a super twist. This doens't really detract from the film in any way, I'd just advise people not to expect a huge twist.

All in all, this is a solid fun movie.
7/10.

FOR THE CHILDREN:
The daughter of the dead day trader shows up. That's about it.