One of those dramas with integrity since the recipe it draws upon (incompatible world-views and ways of life within US culture, gallant antagonist to Ford and his love for the Amish woman [a lovely McGillis]), precisely because divested of loftier expectations delivers not only an atmospheric thriller and a refined romance but also a sociological perspective on Amish. The latter's pristine locale is beautifully shot.
Give Peter Weir some nature— any kind of nature— and the man will find some lyricism. A very competent, gorgeously shot, entrancingly scored drama with shades of thriller, and one of Harrison Ford’s best roles.
A more than perfect merging of drama and intense thriller. The two genres can also mirrors the two different worlds of this film. This film really has some truly high moments of levity. The scene of the building of the barn for example. Harrison Ford is so good in this role too. Captivating as always with Peter Weir. 3.5 stars.
Despite Harrison Ford receiving his single Oscar nod for this film, I see "Witness" as more of a showcase for director Peter Weir's lyrical style: this is a film composed out of arresting images and music. As a fan of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, it's not difficult to trace the DNA for nearly every one of his features here, from the adult/child dynamic in "The 6th Sense" to the sequestered beauty of "The Village."
About as powerful and human as any drama can be. Witness blends the genres of drama and thriller magnificently and it's certainly one of the best written films I've seen in a long, long time. Themes and settings are constantly changing and it's all the better for it. Harrison Ford is incredible and just like any other Peter Weir movie; it looks beautiful.
An enjoyable film by most regards but at worst it's a bit too sentimental, otherwise an interesting twist on the traditional crime thriller and what gets more manlier than Harrison Ford as a woodworker, throw in a guest appearance of Viggo Mortison to top it all off. Fluff, but enjoyable.