A solid cast with great performances, namely from Edward Norton who was pretty much the only reason I watched it. Unfortunately some assclown completely blew the ending for me years ago and I was never able to forget it. If it wasn't for that I probably would've completely loved this.
What a great performance by Norton! The pacing, plot reveals, and character interactions were all great and moved the plot along amazingly. Never dull despite its over 2 hour run time. The puzzle of the trial itself is never confusing and the ending will blow you away and make you look back and question everything you just watched. The romance between the leads it a bit dull and slightly unbelievable. Loved it.
"Jesus Christ, Marty. If that's what you think, I am disappointed in you, I don't mind telling you. There never was an Aaron... counselor! Come on, Marty, I thought you had it figured, there at the end. The way you put me on the stand like that? That was fucking brilliant, Marty! And that whole thing like "act-like-a-man"? Jesus, I knew exactly what you wanted from me. It was like we were dancing, Marty!"
the bar is two bars-- / soft neon and incandescent wood. / they visit there in shadow / while the camera watches on / and they remove. / clear / liquid crystal / chambers / foul / smelling season smoke / the kid with the cross in his ear / is the queen; / the girl on the screen is undead. / she is screaming from her lungs / for you to fill the empty lot / with strands of prosecutor hair and / even better magazines.
I gave this flick a shot because I love Norton and Gere both and I was right in my thinking that this flick would be solid. I was 100% interested in the case and my brain kept trying to peice together what was going on. This movie had a great sense of indentification with the viewer.