Argumentative August #47 – High Crimes (2000) –

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 Let’s see what I thought of this movie….


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