This political thriller starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts has similarities to the excellent "Parallax View" and "Three Days of the Condor." All involve state secrets and investigators whose lives are in danger because there are those in the highest seats of government that are desperately attempting to kill them. All three films star some of Hollywood's best and most serious actors with a great balance of action and character development.
I only give this DVD 3 stars out of 5 stars. This DVD had no sex scenes. It is not good for a young audience. It has some violence. The script is strong. The the story held together with the quality of the actors. The story seemed plausible. I like the way it talked about the environmental issue.
Ironically the PELICAN BRIEF needs to be briefer. I enjoyed what it had to say but it felt paced just a smidge too slow. Too long for its own good, it wears out its welcome. If the filmmakers believed in the intelligence of their audience, each lingering shot could be cut a few seconds here, a few seconds there; we'll catch on. It's an intriguing story about a law student whose theory, passed on with no true intention of publication, finds its way to the president through friends in high places. Concerned about the conspiracy getting out, the President and his people try to eliminate her and anyone else to which she may have told her theory. Diminished by thirty minutes, THE PELICAN BRIEF would have been a tighter story with fewer filler moments and a greater sense of suspense. With all that being said, the story is still fascinating enough in its own right that I recommend at least one viewing of this political thriller. Flaws and all, I recommend THE PELICAN BRIEF.
See if you can guess who Kamel (sp) the hired killer was without looking at the credits.
The actor later suffered from the same problem [though much less so] that Orsen Wells and William Shatner did.
This is a 1993 legal crime thriller based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham.
It stars Julia Roberts in the role of young law student Darby Shaw and Denzel Washington as Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham---two big names.
The author of the novel is also such a big name.
The DVD cover says, "A heart-stopping, spine-chilling, adrenaline-pumping, run-for-your-life thriller."
So, naturally, I was prepared for the heart-stopping moments, but alas! Within the first thirty minutes, no spine-chilling, run-for-my-life events occurred.
I was so bored that I simply quit watching.
I returned this on Saturday ....as it was damaged...this is the second time I have brought back this same copy that doesnt complete..it stops 1/2 way through....obviously the library assistant didnt check it in for me just said she would take if off the shelves this time. She did a request for me for the library to purchase a copy as she said there were no more copies..
..but this morning I get a notification from the library the have many copies!\
So Ive requested a hold on this and I have returned the damaged copy
nityadarbha The movie continues on the other side of the disk. Few movies have done this.
I really liked the movie but wondered if she never heard of Kinkos. I.e. make copies of the brief and send to multiple government offices and the press. Would have made killing her unimportant.
But Harry Markopolos who brought down Barry Madoff sent his evidence to SEC [and met with their staff] and press and no one would listen.
Outstanding adaptation of the John Grisham novel; it plays much more as a conspiracy thriller than a legal procedural, which is why I like it more than the others, both films and books. Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington have a terrific chemistry in the leading roles, and the supporting cast is strong. Exceptional direction, with good pacing throughout. Highly recommended. For those wondering about the DVD: the copy I had features part of the film on one side of the disc, the rest on the other. I noticed this upon opening the case. Very odd, considering the movie's under two and a half hours long...
The DVD I borrowed does not have the entire movie, only 2/3rds of it. Anybody else with the same issue?
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