Runaway Jury (2003)
Nicholas Easter (John Cusack) is a persuasive man. In fact, he is so persuasive that he and his partner Marlee (Rachel Weisz) are trying to score a big payoff through one of the biggest court cases of the year. You see, Nick is one of the 12 jury members and his persuasion can be bought for $10 million by either the defendants (Gene Hackman, Bruce Davison) or the prosecutors (Dustin Hoffman, Jeremy Piven). As the 2 sides play one another, and Nick is close to being found out, the truth comes out about just what Nick and Marlee are up to and who is really to blame.
Runaway Jury is a mystery/thriller that may have a story that doesn’t hold much water, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t interesting or entertaining. I love a good court case thriller, and nothing is as thrilling as A Few Good Men, but Runaway Jury entertains with its twist and turns rather than with true fact. Does that make it a lower quality thriller, some might say so, but with this all-star cast, you can’t go wrong with John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman. Released 10 years ago, I’m surprised how this movie really isn’t as popular as it could have been but I’d still give it quality marks and say it’s a thrilling watch. Just don’t expect too much… Co-starring Dylan McDermott, Cliff Curtis, Bruce McGill and Jennifer Beals.
7/10 Stars – Over the top, but thrilling and full of entertaining twists. Worth a look…
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