An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.
For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.
Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan... Written by
Mark Harding <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In two shots it is suggested that the albino thug is sent from Memphis to Grand Cayman to stop Abby McDeere. In one he is seen to run towards the waiting plane, and in the other he is seen deplaning in Grand Cayman for a cab.
A few moments later he is back in Memphis to chase Mitch McDeere after he ran from the office. See more »
Let me get this straight: you want me to steal files from the firm, turn them over to the FBI, send my colleagues to jail...
They roped you into this.
Breach attorney-client privilege, thus getting myself disbarred for life, then testify in open court against the Mafia...
Well, unfortunately, Mitch...
Let me ask you something: are you out of your fucking mind?
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This is a long (154 minutes) but pretty solid drama-suspense story about corporate corruption. The film features a well-known cast, and as soon as the action kicks in this becomes a very tense story.
Tom Cruise is very good as the hotshot lawyer, as is Jeanne Tripplehorn who plays his unhappy wife. This is a complex story at times, one not always easily understood, especially the ending. So much is explained so fast at the end it's tough to comprehend it all.
Wilfred Brimley, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Holly Hunter, Robert Strathairn and Ed Harris all make this a really deep, impressive cast. For more details of the story, check some of the other reviews.
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