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A Time to Kill

Justice may be blind, but rarely have courtroom dramas presumed quite so heavily on cultural myopia as this heinous version of John Grisham's first novel. An apologia for vigilantism masquerading as a liberal race-movie, it has McConaughey as small town Southern lawyer Jake Brigance, defending Jackson's Carl Lee after he shoots down the white trash who raped his daughter. The defendant's black, the crime was committed on the courthouse steps, and the judge is called Noose. No wonder Jake's reduced to tears - an unusual legal manoeuvre, but on this evidence, effective. An insulting travesty of Faulkner and Harper Lee, riven with such politically correct confusion that it implicitly equates the KKK with the NAACP, this would be more insidious if it weren't altogether botched. Jake's allies are idealistic student Bullock, boozy old mentor Donald Sutherland and sleazy divorce specialist Platt; that they have nothing to contribute to the plot but phoney histrionics is indicative of the fact that they don't have a case, legally speaking - everything is designed to disguise that void.

Release details

Duration: 149 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joel Schumacher
Screenwriter: Akiva Goldsman
Cast: Matthew McConaughey
Samuel L Jackson
Sandra Bullock
Donald Sutherland
Oliver Platt
Kevin Spacey
Brenda Fricker
Charles Dutton
Kiefer Sutherland
Patrick McGoohan

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1.3 / 5

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clarkb

Sorry not to say much except that the dialogue was cheesy and slow paced. Lines and ideas were repeated - and they were poor to start. characters were so clishe' (sorry bad speller ) and over the top that only the very violent actions gave any sense of pity.

clarkb

Sorry not to say much except that the dialogue was cheesy and slow paced. Lines and ideas were repeated - and they were poor to start. characters were so clishe' (sorry bad speller ) and over the top that only the very violent actions gave any sense of pity.

Colin

Dreadful. Clich e ridden, every character seems almost a cartoon caricature. Simplistic, one-dimensional cobbling together of The Verdict and Mockingbird. Joel should stick to making batman films.

Colin

Dreadful. Clich e ridden, every character seems almost a cartoon caricature. Simplistic, one-dimensional cobbling together of The Verdict and Mockingbird. Joel should stick to making batman films.