Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Movie review: A Few Good Men

Another "Tom Cruise Comes of Age" movie, wherein a young, talented, cocky Navy lawyer (Cruise) is guilted into putting his full effort into defending his clients by a less talented but more idealistic lawyer (Demi Moore). In the process, Cruise learns some Life Lessons.

Two Marines are accused of murder when they attempt a "Code Red" - a harsh form of peer discipline - on another member of their unit and the young man dies. The two claim they were following orders, but their superior officers deny involvement.

Best known for its "You can't handle the truth!" line from Jack Nicholson, this movie takes on a different tone now than it did when it was produced in 1992. The dialog is fast-paced, smart and a little bombastic, thanks to Aaron Sorkin's writing. I really have to check out more of his work.

One thing I noticed in re-watching this film, is that its stylistic feel, especially toward the end, is very reminiscent of 12 Angry Men, a great courtroom drama. It's a movie that's definitely worth a revisit every few years.

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