run time: 127 mins
considered: Drama, Thriller
starring: John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Jeremy Piven, Bruce McGill
movie summary: A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: Runaway Jury is based on one of John Grisham’s best-selling books and features a great ensemble of Hollywood actors.
John Cusack stars as Nicholas Easter, Juror #9 in one of the biggest gun cases in American history. Along with his beautiful girlfriend Marley (Rachel Weisz) the couple have been trying to land jury duty for several years.
Dustin Hoffman plays Wendell Rohr lead consoler for the victim’s family, who will battle head to head with lead defense councilor Durwood Cable (Bruce Davison). Behind the scenes for the defense is Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman), the best jury consultant out there. He plays a sly crooked guy, whose dirty tricks can land any verdict necessary. Marley knows how intimidating Fitch is and how weak Rohr’s case is against the major gun company. She starts playing both sides and guarantees that she can deliver the verdict either way for the right of money. After the cat and mouse game of which side will come up with the $20 million, it’s up to Nicholas to spin the jury their way.
The film appears to slow-paced because it is based in a court room, but this story is intense, will keep you interested and guessing until the very end.
my star rating: 8 out 10