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Just Cause is a film that relies on phony plot twists and steals openly from any other thriller that it can remember. If there was a drinking game requiring players to drink during every cinematic "homage," you'd be tanked after Just Cause's first 45 minutes. Take one case of racial injustice, place it in an exotic, exquisitely photographed location (the Florida Everglades), and bring in an outsider, played by a bankable star, to save the day. Make sure nothing appears as it seems. Add a couple of plot twists, some over-the-top character actors (Ed Harris, shamelessly riffing on Hannibal Lecter), stir, and serve. The big name in this case is Sean Connery, who plays a Harvard law professor summoned to the swamps by an apparently innocent death row inmate (Blair Underwood), who swears he didn't rape and kill that 11-year-old girl. He says he confessed because maverick psycho-cop Tanny Brown (Laurence Fishburne) made him play a solo game of Russian roulette. He says his Serial-killer neighbor on death row (Harris) committed the crime. Connery buys it, the audience buys it, and how could they not? Director Arne Glimcher (who made the lackluster Mambo Kings) coerces everyone with simplistic plot manipulations. Characters are given no depth, and the actors are pawns moved about like pieces on a Clue gameboard. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Don't bother to try to guess ahead of the movie, as many would like to do with a mystery. This movie just isn't worth your effort. Otherwise in the end you might have the frustrating feeling that you've given the movie more thought than the filmmakers appeared to have done.
Sean Connery, Blair Underwood, Lawrence Fishburne, Ed Harris, 1995
A black man (Underwood) is put in jail for a crime he says he did not commit, so Sean Connery tries to get him out, he succeeds, and then later he find out the Underwood did commit the crime.
Just enough interest to keep you in place. Interesting was the song "Baby Your Love" by Changing Faces that is played about half way through the film. It has nothing to do with the plot but it was cool to hear it, since I really like the group.
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There's more than the alligators lurking in the swamplands of the Everglades in this thriller. It's hard to know who to trust as a Harvard law proffessor(Sean Connery) who hasn't... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2002 by L. Shirley
Sean Connery stars as Harvard law professor Paul Armstrong in this cunning and twisting story of primeval evil and revenge. Read morePublished on May 28 2002 by Mel Odom
I remember the night I first watched this movie. I rented it at the Video Shop, without much enthusiasm & at the insistence of my roommate. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2002 by Carla J. Schultz
Every aspect of this entailed thriller is very well made. This is not your run-of-the-mill Hitchcock ripof, this is a murder mystery, that has an originality you rarely see... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2001 by Daniel J. Brown
I've seen better from Sean Connery, and Blair Underwood needs to stick with soap operas. Ed Harris was as good as always. Read morePublished on June 29 2001 by rgarner
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