A Time to Kill (1996)

January 01, 2013
2 mins

Where was I, 17 years ago? In campus, of course. I watched movies rarely, one that I remember was Romeo and Juliet. I haven’t read any Grisham books, though I’ve watched The Firm the previous year. Some TV channel played this movie several times, but I ignored it for not knowing that it’s based on Grisham novel. Easy to tell, I had a hard time to find this movie right now. It took me several months, several good friends, and several cities.

Beside research, I’m really in the mood to watch old movies. Here, when Matthew McConaughey was so thin and young, and I hardly recognized Ashley Judd. Samuel L Jackson is also one of my favorite actors, even then.

And it’s not new, I haven’t read the book. I opened the first page, though, just to get some clue since the movie was without subtitle. Translating the “heavy” dialogues full of accent would be tough, I thought. Therefore, I put on additional speakers.

I almost never blinked. Kiefer Sutherland (where’s he now?), Donald Sutherland, Sandra Bullock, Oliver Platt, Kevin Spacey, to name a few of those who made this worth. Ku Klux Klan issue, segregation, and surely, what I waited for such a long time: trial scenes. Should you send a heartbroken father whose little girl was brutally raped and beaten that left to die by two drunken racist white guys, to death? It’s a hard case, full of terror, and almost always, the lawyer sacrificed a lot. Even put his life in jeopardy.

There’s nothing you can say. I know you didn’t want any of this to happen, but it happened all the same. You wagered all our lives on this. You just went ahead and did what you felt you had to do, no matter what the cost. Some folks think that’s brave. Not me, Jake. Now, you may win, but I think we’ve all lost here.

I learned a lot of trial strategies, prosecutor smart ways, provocative words. Another legal thriller author said, more or less, “Trial is drama.”

Three words: I love it.

Rate: 4,5 of 5

Poster source: flixster

Quote source: imdb


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