Criminal Law (1988)


“We were meant to act, even if we make mistakes. That’s why we put a sharp point on a pencil and why we put an eraser on the other end.” – Prof. Clemens

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A defense attorney has to deal with his conscience when he suspects his recently acquitted client actually committed the crime.

My Take on it – Excellent concept that is presented really poorly.

Both Gary Oldman and Kevin Bacon would go on to give much more powerful performances in their careers, but are still quite effective in their roles despite being limited by the script.

The film tries to show the lengths that both a killer and his attorney will be willing to go.

The story is meant to be much more suspenseful than they achieve here and that hurts things a bit too much because we aren’t given enough of a reason to truly care about everything that happens here.

The premise of this movie has been redone many times since and usually in a more effective way which is a shame since they ha so much potential here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film’s opening prologue cites a famous quotation from the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The quote reads: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” A year later, The Abyss (1989) opened with just the second part of the same quote. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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