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NEW High Crimes - High Crimes (Blu-ray)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A taut legal thriller July 9 2004
Joseph Finder's bestselling novel comes to life in this well-made, though somewhat predictable, thriller as a savvy and love-struck lawyer is pitted against the military and its covert actions. Ashley Judd plays Claire Kubik, a lawyer on the way to a partnership until her husband is arrested for a military crime he swears he didn't commit. To defend him, Claire must navigate military law and threats, getting in deeper and more dangerously with every half-truth she uncovers.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars PREPOSTEROUS BUT ENJOYABLE May 29 2004
There are so many things in this movie that just couldn't happen, starting with a wife and non-military lawyer, defending her husband, and the inconsistencies in the plot line. However, director Carl Franklin keeps the movie going so briskly and the cast is so good, that I overlooked these and found myself enjoying the movie very much.
Ashley Judd plays Claire Kubik, who discovers that her husband isn't who he says he is, and then has to confront her own doubts as she tries to save his life.
Morgan Freeman is the recovering alcoholic, former military attorney, who decides to help her out and keep off the juice.
Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ) is Ashley's husband and his performance is deeply moving, yet somehow dark and disturbing.
Bruce Davison's small role as the big shot general, is coldly efficient.
Amanda Peet plays Ashley's somewhat self-centered sister to the tee, and Adam Smith as Embrey, the green lawyer assigned to the case, also does well.
HIGH CRIMES pulls a twist at the end that's kind of "cheap" but it does work.
Joseph Finder, the author of the book on which this movie was based, gives some interesting commentary on the extras, and even has a featured role in the film.
Not a bad way to spend a couple hours.
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.....this movie was so ineptly and poorly done it was almost pathetic. Cliche-ridden script, wooden and unimaginative directing, and laughably contrived plot twists make this one a real zero. It's a real shame, too, because we don't nearly hear about this side of the military enough.
A capable cast does what it can with truly wretched material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Movie! Nov. 28 2003
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This suspenseful drama starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman is really awesome! The surprising turn of events will keep you on the edge of your seat, and the performances are spectacular. Ashley Judd captures the intense emotion of her role exceptionally, and I think this should have been oscar-nominated. I also thought that Morgan Freeman was perfect for the role of the alchoholic lawyer. They are both excellent actors, and their chemistry is undeniable. This is a definete must-see!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Freeman/Judd - Another Excellent Pairing April 10 2003
Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd team up again in this courtroom thriller, which engages the viewer despite its worn plot and obvious ending. The reason it doesn't descend to a level consistent with the screenplay's unoriginality is the superior acting by the three principal performers.
Claire (Ashley Judd) and Tom (James Caviezel) are living an idyllic and romantic married life, trying hard to have a baby. Everything is going swimmingly until one day Tom is arrested and charged with murder and war crimes dating back to his military service and raid in El Salvatore years earlier. It seems Tom's entire identity is a lie and his name is really Ron Chapman, a former Special Forces commando.
Claire, a prominent defense lawyer (how convenient), takes up his case determined to prove his innocence, choosing to believe his denials despite the fact that everything she knows about him is a fabrication. She hires Charlie Grimes (Morgan Freeman) to assist her because until he became a broken down alcoholic, he was once one of the top lawyers in the military.
The love story, courtroom spectacle, a ruthless general, are all "juggled" perfectly to combine into a complete story. Nonetheless we seem to have seen it in different ways many times before.
Morgan Freeman once again proves to be master over even weak scripts, letting his powerful performance overlook any production flaws. His interaction with Judd is wonderful, treating her with kindness and respect, never playing on the fact that he has much more professional experience.
Judd is tough as nails and doesn't back down to pompous military officers or thugs trying to intimidate her. Looks somewhat like Demi Moore in "A Few Good Men".
Jim Caviezel rounds out the cast with a strong performance as the accused.
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5.0 out of 5 stars high crimes
morgan freeman is another one of my favorite actors and I love crime movies, Ashley and morgan played in this movie great together. Read more
Published 3 months ago by barb fraser
3.0 out of 5 stars A script with holes but watchable!
Who really believes a lawyer may defend to her husband? Weird jury. Don´t you?
But if you let that point outside , you will watch an interesting film with a bit of... Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, Great acting!!
This is a perfect movie in every way. The acting is A++ and the plot is even better!! Ashley Judd plays the wife of a military man (Jim Caviezel) They are living a perfect life... Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by "juddjs"
3.0 out of 5 stars Our family was disappointed
Even though the movie was well paced, it was so very fictional as it had such an awful message against the armed services. Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by Angela
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Mystery
"High Crimes" has so many twists and turns its like a road out of hell.However,the twists are carried out in a marvelous if not predictable way. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by Joshua Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars When Mediocre Movies Happen to Good Actors
Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd are two of the best character actors in the business, and their chemistry together can be phenomenal, as the pedestrian "Kiss the Girls"... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003 by Hippolytos
5.0 out of 5 stars well acted, tight plot, (better than some review[er]s say).
This movie with Ashley Judd [Mrs. Dario Franchitti] and Morgan Freeman, is well acted with a fairly tight plot. It's much better than some of the reviews give it credit for. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by michael d. chlanda
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate, hate, hate this movie.
Maybe I'm a little bit biased--I come from a military family--but I found this movie to be horribly disrespectful to the Armed Services. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2003 by T. Sparks
5.0 out of 5 stars high crimes
there's a scene where amanda peet walks by a military guy and she's wearing almost nothing and says "hi GI joe. Read more
Published on June 20 2003 by the king of DVDs
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