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Argumentative August #47 – High Crimes (2000) – tenstarsorless.com

Rob and I would like to once again welcome you to another review for our Argumentative August Blogathon. This next film, High Crimes is being reviewed by myself here at tenstarsorless.com. Let’s see what I thought of this movie….

 

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What did I like?

High Crimes features yet another strong performance from a feisty Ashley Judd. It seems like the late 1990s and early 2000s was when Judd really made a career for herself by playing tough as nails type of characters that never get scared or backed off from a fight. I also enjoyed her work with Morgan Freeman again. The pair share amazing on-screen chemistry together.

What didn’t I like?

I may have seen this movie long ago, when it came out, but remembered nothing about it while I was watching it. The biggest thing I felt was wrong with this movie is how recycled the plot is and how predictable the fringe characters were along with the ending of the film. These movies are a dime as dozen which is sad considering the material here could have expanded to cover a wide range of plot twists.

Was High Crimes a good story?

This film was released about 15 years ago and may actually have been a thrilling movie then, only it doesn’t compare to the legal dramas we are accustomed to today. I wouldn’t call this a military court room drama although it features a cover up story about the Marines. It kinda paints them as a bunch of con-artists who will go great lengths to cover their tracks. I know this story is also about the U.S. government and they have been known to cover up a things in history, but this was a little over the top.

Notable Performances?

Like I mentioned before, Judd and Freeman are the two stars of this movie. Both play lawyers with different life experiences that form a nearly unbreakable bond to take down corrupt people.

Would I recommend it?

High Crimes is a tough movie to recommend. I could say yes because it is a thrilling drama from a different time period that is actually worth watching. I would say no because movie expectations are higher today and this one may disappoint moviegoers with its predictiability.

 

my star rating: 5 out 10

imdb: 6.3 out 10 / metascore: 48/100 / rottentomatoes: 31% out 100%

roger ebert: 3 out 4 / richard crouse: n/a

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