High Crimes (2002)
Claire Kubik (Ashley Judd) is a high powered lawyer whose life is no more complicated than that of anyone else. That is about to change. After a break in at their home Claire calls the police, which leads to the arrest of Tom her husband by the FBI. They confirmed that Tom was really Ron Chapman (Jim Caviezel) who is being accused of murder of Latin American villagers while he was in the Marines years before. Claire uses all her abilities as a criminal lawyer to help Ron fight the charges he swears are false. To assist her she enlists the unconventional Mr. Charlie Grimes (Morgan Freeman) who has previous experience in a military court and whose methods are a huge asset to winning the case. There is more than meets the eye with this particular case and its up to Grimes and Claire to uncover all the details to make sure they are doing the right thing. Also starring Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Bruce Davison, Tom Bower, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Michael Gaston, Jude Ciccolella, Emilio Rivera, Michael Shannon, John Billingsley, Dendrie Taylor.
High Crimes is a Hollywood cliché for a film that is only saved by the performances of leads Judd and Morgan. The film starts with lots of intrigue and a good solid story. As it moves along however it gets more and more preposterous especially to those are familiar with the military and its rules. What hinders the success of High Crimes is that it offers nothing new to the genre. There isn’t anything surprising or truly thrilling about the movie. The redeeming grace here are the performances of Freeman and Judd. Freeman in particular shines. His off beat but intelligent characterization of Freeman is entertaining and brilliant at the same time. Ashley Judd’s performance is compelling and emotional yet strong. All in all you get mild entertainment from High Crimes but it lacks a one two punch to seal the deal and cement this a great film.
6/10 Stars – Not quite as suspenseful as I expected but the acting saves it from being a complete dud.
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