Starring: John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Davidson, Bruce McGill, Jeremy Piven, Cliff Curtis, Nick Searcy, Leland Orser, Jennifer Beals, Luis Guzman, Dylan McDermott
Directed By: Gary Fleder
This isn’t my first time viewing Runaway Jury. I have to say, I kind of remembered the ending, but I didn’t quite have it 100%. So, it was nice to be surprised a little by a film I had already seen. It was also nice seeing Gene Hackman again, who has since retired from acting. He’s really one of the best actors of all time. I miss his performances. The real winner here is John Cusack, who has also been relegated to several really shitty films recently. He now headlines straight to video schlock. I don’t know what happened. He’s a solid actor.
If you like intelligent John Grisham adaptations, you’ll like Runaway Jury. I don’t know why we stopped adapting Grisham novels, but we keep adapting Nicholas Sparks novels. Mindblowing. The supporting cast here is huge, the lead cast is great, the film is shot in beautiful New Orleans (pre-Katrina), and Hackman is always great in southern roles.
FINAL GRADE: A-