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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

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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.

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Dan Gilroy

Writer:

Dan Gilroy
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Colin Farrell ... George Pierce
Carmen Ejogo ... Maya Alston
Lynda Gravatt Lynda Gravatt ... Vernita Wells (as Lynda Gravátt)
Amanda Warren ... Lynn Jackson
Hugo Armstrong ... Fritz Molinar
Sam Gilroy ... Connor Novick
Tony Plana ... Jessie Salinas
DeRon Horton ... Derrell Ellerbee
Amari Cheatom ... Carter Johnson
Vince Cefalu ... Security Bailiff
Tarina Pouncy ... Hallway Bailiff
Nazneen Contractor ... Melina Nassour (Ass't. DA)
Niles Fitch ... Langston Bailey
Jocelyn Ayanna ... Court Officer Bailiff
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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

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If you can't break the law, break the system. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English | Spanish | Armenian

Release Date:

22 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inner City See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,962,712, 19 February 2018
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Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS: X)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point Roman mentions to Maya that he was a "forceps baby", to which Maya jokes that she was too, immediately thereafter admitting that she was only kidding. Given what is shown of Roman's social disorders, it is likely that he was not kidding. A forceps birth was one in which the child's body became stuck, for whatever reason, and to assist the birthing process the obstetrician used forceps (something like large clamps) to grip the child by the skull and quite literally yank the child out - albeit one would hope with some finesse and care. The procedure has fallen into disfavor, as some experts say that the use of forceps around a baby's skull can cause brain damage and lead to all manner of psychological or mental disorders. See more »

Goofs

In the middle of the movie when Roman J. Israel exits a taxi, the camera is visible on the window of the cab. See more »

Quotes

Roman J. Israel, Esq.: We are formed of frailty and error. Let us pardon reciprocally each other's follies. That is the first law of nature.
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach, Kilian Forster, Tobias Forster and Tim Hahn
Performed by Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Interesting story, told poorly but acted by Denzel brilliantly.
2 February 2018 | by TheTopDawgSee all my reviews

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


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