The fact it goes "morally conscious" at the end of the movie, didn't detract from the experience at all, no matter what I think about gun control. It wasn't ABOUT that, it was about the story, which was great to watch unfold.
The opening sequence is one of the best I have ever seen. If only the rest of the movie was as good as the first five minutes.
Thanks to Weisz, Hackman, and Hoffman, the movie makes a fine rental, but its only good for a few good moments.
If you are interested in the story then I suggest the book or audio book - but in my opinion the movie is worthless. Both the story and acting within the movie are marginal at best. Hackman delivers a decent perfomance, but John Cusack delivers a subpar performance and is unbelievable in portraying his role as the maverick juror #9.
Grisham's book used to tobacco industry as a backdrop and serves the story quite well. For some reason, some say because of the movie "The Insider," the movie's focus was changed to the gun industry and in my opinion does not service the movie as well but it's not a deal breaker for me. The direction by Gary Fleder keeps the action moving along at a fast pace and although the script has several holes/coincidences, the non-stop camera movement and strong performances will keep you interested in the outcome.
Gene Hackman steals the show playing the sleaziest and most capable jury consultant in the field. The resources this guy has at his disposal to me make the movie. The lawyers on both sides are almost secondary characters in the film as the focus is on how these consultants may ultimately be more important than the best lawyer. Although the marketing of this film went out of its way to highlight that this was the very first time that legends (and prior real-life roommates) Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman were sharing the screen for the very first time, with the exception of one scene, they don't get have a real act-off.