In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.
Kristin Scott Thomas
ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action. Colin Farrell costars as the monied, cutthroat lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm. Written by
Denzel Washington's Best Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more »
At about 0:49:48, as Roman and Maya are assisting the possible dead homeless person, Maya receives a call on her cell. When she "answers" the call the screen goes to sleep. During the call, the screen illuminates because of movement and reflects on her face. Neither would happen if she was actually answering then using the telephone feature on today's smart phones. See more »
Roman J. Israel, Esq.:
You know, all those years of practicing, scouring law books, achieving technical triumphs through loopholes and ambiguities, none of which were adequate to same me from the reality of my present situation. Then today, in the middle of nowhere, lost, I had a revelation; an insight so sweeping, so clear. It's me George. See, I didn't see it before because I never experienced the other side. I'm the defendant and the plaintiff simultaneously. I file against myself, I represent myself, I convict ...
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I feel compelled to rate this a 10 to help counter act some of the 1's. This movie is lost on so many people because, I guess, they don't know what doing the right thing is all about. Which, basically, is what I got from it. The "because it's polite" scene, that was in the trailer, is the reason I wanted to watch it. That spoke so much for his character and he/it did not disappoint. I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants a film that makes you want to strive to be a better person. Albeit to yourself or to society. One person rated this a one, just like she did for It's a Wonderful Life and a six for Steven Siegals' Under Siege. Yeah......I trolled.
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