Chicago defense attorney Martin Vail (Gere) is torn between the fight for justice and the lure of fame. He seems to have found the spotlight when a gentle altar boy (newcomer Norton is a standout) is accused of savagely murdering an archbishop. This leads to some courtroom fireworks due, in part, to the fact that the prosecutor (Linney) is Vail's former lover. Gere turns in a satisfying performance but, except when he's with his client, can't keep the script afloat. Lame plot revelations and an obvious "shocker" ending don't help matters. Feature directorial debut of Hoblit, Emmy winner for TV's "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law," and "NYPD Blue." Adapted from the book by William Diehl.
Worth It for Norton's Performance KHL at 2008-05-06 18:00:42
Edward Norton still hasn't lived up to the potential of his first-ever film, Primal Fear (he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor). He's done some good films (Fight Club) and some bad films (The Illusionist) since then. I feel sure he's Oscar worthy if only he could find the perfect role, and this one comes close. My husband, who can generally figure out even the most obscure plot twists, did not see this ending coming, so I disagree with the Hound that it's 'obvious'.
Worth seeing at least once.