Starring: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo
Director: Dan Gilroy
Runtime: 2 hours, 2 minutes
Crime | Drama | 2017
Denzel Washington stars a Roman Israel, a lawyer working in Los Angeles and this movie is a story about his life. Before I looked it up on IMDB, I had assumed that this movie was based on a true story… it’s not. I wonder why I thought this? Perhaps a lot of lawyer movies I’ve seen lately have been based on a true story and I just assumed.
I thought Denzel Washington did a wonderful job in this role. He brought the quirky, yet driven, character to life on the screen and really drove the story in the right direction. His supporting characters did just that, support, and honestly didn’t stand out to me. Colin Farrell plays George Pierce, the man who hires Israel after some hard times. The two but heads at first, but their characters develop strongly together as the film progresses.
Carmen Ejogo plays Maya, the love interest and volunteer lawyer. For the most part, this film is about Israel losing himself and finding himself again. He does some unlawful things, but it’s still evident that he wanted to make a difference in the world regardless.
Before finding out that this wasn’t based on a true story, I was going to make a comment to the overall story. I would have wished to see him and George file that lawsuit together (the one that George takes to the Supreme Court as the credits role). That would have been an interesting watch, but I would have understood why they did it this way. Since it’s not based on a true story… I’m not sure how I feel about the movie.
Overall, I Liked It and would recommend it. For some reason lawyer/lawsuit movies I find very exciting. There’s just enough tension and suspense to keep me watching. I don’t have much else to say so I’ll just leave it at that. (3.5/5).
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