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The plot has fewer holes than most thrillers, although most viewers will see the "twist" a mile away. And that a law firm would jettison one of its promising stars because her husband was arrested is preposterous. Wouldn't they help in the defense? Still, given the holes in most thrillers these days, these lapses are minor. The acting is solid, with Judd creating a gutsy, smart woman who is capable of both unfaltering love and fury. Morgan Freeman does a fine job with his thin material as a once-alcoholic lawyer who is "a thorn in the military's side." James Caveziel, as Claire's husband, is less complex; his pleading got on my nerves by the end. Supporting roles by Amanda Peet (Claire's floozy sister) and Adam Smith (a young military lawyer) are adequate, though not highly memorable.
The strength of this film is in the pacing and the seamless way in which it unfolds. The issues it raises about the United States's involvement in El Salvador provide an interesting, though not fully developed, frame. Highly enjoyable, though not perfect, this film is a good way to spend two hours with a bowl of popcorn at hand.
I was not completely taken in by the story, but Ashley Judd's acting was exceptional. I thought the courtroom scences could have been more dramatic. If you had seen "A Few Good Men" or "Rules of Engagement" you would know what I mean. And yet the judge's decision came so sudden I was taken off guard.
This film's strenght can be found in the acting. Especially Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. The dialouge was equally exceptional.
If I were Siskel and the other guy I'd give High Crimes "two thumbs up." (Or would that be four thumbs up?) Whatever, go see this one. Cammy Diaz
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"High Crimes" rates pretty well as a thriller. The plot contains many conflicting and mysterious motives, and the events drive the viewer into widely varying suspicions and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by William C. Mead
This was a surprisingly good movie. I liked the twist at the end. I recommend it.Published 13 days ago by Katherine Bishop
A great thriller and superb cast. Ashley Judd is not just a pretty face. She is a top-notch actress in this film, and Morgan Freeman was terrific, as usual. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bonnie Anderson
Claire Kubik (Ashley Judd) is a high priced defense attorney who is near becoming a partner. Her husband (Jim Caviezel) is accused of mass military killing in El Salvador while a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Movie Guy