An attorney with no prior knowledge of military court procedures
is forced to defend her soldier husband when he is accused
of summarily executing nine civilians in El Salvador. Soliciting
the aid of the best ex-military lawyer around, she soon suspects
a cover-up surrounding a covert operation. Refusing a deal
places her life, and those closest to her, in danger...
is one of those courtroom dramas which highlights the rebel
in us all. For that reason alone it's far from original. How
many celluloid underdogs have we seen go up against the government,
the military, mobsters or any other establishment in an apparent
no-win situation? That many? Well, there you are then!
However, I can understand the validity of wishing to clear
a loved one's name and reputation at all costs, and that's
the main strength of this film. Morgan Freeman eases his way
through most performances with little sign of outward effort;
nevertheless, you can't help but enjoy his understated example
again here. Why his character has to be an ex-alcoholic though
is beyond me, as this is practically the most overused strand
of plot padding in American film history.
like to say more positive things about High Crimes,
but the truth is I'm struggling. It's watchable but mediocre
fair. Even the inevitable twist succeeds little in jolting
the nerves or getting the blood pumping. File under: Nothing
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