6.4/10
14,018
116 user 126 critic

Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 22 November 2017 (USA)
Trailer
2:42 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
578 ( 82)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg
Marshall (2017)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Director: Reginald Hudlin
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson
The Post (2017)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson
Molly's Game (2017)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Director: Aaron Sorkin
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Darkest Hour (2017)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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.

Director: Joe Wright
Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas
Downsizing (2017)
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor.

Director: Alexander Payne
Stars: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Stars: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges
I, Tonya (2017)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie
Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
The Commuter (2018)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An Insurance Salesman/Ex-Cop is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith
Mudbound (2017)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

Director: Dee Rees
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Lynda Gravatt ...
Vernita Wells (as Lynda Gravátt)
...
...
...
Connor Novick
...
Jessie Salinas
...
...
...
Security Bailiff
...
Hallway Bailiff
...
Melina Nassour (Ass't. DA)
...
...
Court Officer Bailiff
Edit

Storyline

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 Sony Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

All rise.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Language:

Release Date:

22 November 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inner City  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,962,712, 19 February 2018
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally titled 'Inner City.' See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Roman J. Israel, Esq.: The real enemies aren't the ones on the outside, they're on the inside.
See more »


Soundtracks

Keep On Truckin'
Written by Leonard Caston, Anita Poree and Frank E. Wilson
Performed by Eddie Kendricks
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting story, told poorly but acted by Denzel brilliantly.

This film was Dan Gilroy's second directorial debut, and although his forte of experience is writing, he failed that department, and did better in his directing (camera work, but not his choice of editing).

The problem with the writing is the dragged out mumbo-jumbo Denzel Washington had to say to express his savant mentality, most of it not making any sense or philosophically unnecessary, and it extended into 2+ hours of doing so. Denzel carried his role so exceptionally well, that had this film been edited down to 80 or 90 mins by getting rid of the convoluted and unnecessary dialogue, it would have been dramatized much better.

Then there's the premise to the film; standing all this time for a cause, then slipping to the other side, then going back. What was the point? What was the message?

This film is nothing extraordinary, but nevertheless, Denzel and Colin Farrell's great acting were the only reason this film has as high (6.3) of a rating as it does, and would have been much lower with any sub-A list actors, or higher with better writing.

It's a generous 7/10 from me


17 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 116 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page