It had been a while since I had seen "Runaway Jury", but I rewatched it again in a class. I must say that I had forgotten a lot about the film, but it is pretty good overall.
The writing of the film and its themes involving the gun industry and corruption are certainly timely. The film does a good job of integrating this commentary into a suspenseful storyline. The mystery is good and enjoyable, however, the twists are rather predictable. The characters are also thinly developed, almost giving the film the feel of a television procedural drama. The color scheme and cinematography don't do much to combat this because, although still well-done, they are very similar to a television style.
The strength of this film's technique lies in its editing. The film is very fast-paced, and the rapid, fluid cuts help the film achieve this. Additionally, the acting of the film is of a much higher quality than television dramas. John Cusack and Gene Hackman are the standouts, both delivering great performances, bringing intrigue to otherwise dry characters.
Overall, I enjoyed "Runaway Jury", but it is ultimately a glorified courtroom drama, like an overlong episode of "Law & Order". If you like procedural dramas, this is for you.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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