Mark Sway is a boy torn between what he knows and what he can’t say. A hitman will kill him if Mark reveals what he knows about a murder. A federal prosecutor will keep the pressure on until Mark tells all. His only ally is a courageous but unseasoned attorney who risks everything for him.
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Despite a convoluted plot that finishes in an anti-climatic way, what makes The Client a good film, and head and shoulders above most Grisham adaptations, are the film's inspired and well-realized characters. With a roster of great actors, The Client is a film that is essentially a masterclass of great acting.
Based on John Grisham's book. "The Client" starts promising, but soon after it can't keep-up the tension. It's entertaining & amusing but it unintensionally de-rails into a comedic rather than a dramatic & thrilling direction (keyword: stupid Mafiosi, stupid FBI). That's the issue here, the lack of convincing 'real crime'. Overall medicore. 2,5 stars.