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Runaway Jury

📅 2005-Aug-15 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ courtroom, dustin hoffman, gene hackman, john cusack, rachel weisz, thriller ⬩ 📚 Archive

Runaway Jury
Runaway Jury

Rating: 3/4 (Full of thrills and twists, a good watch)

Based on a John Grisham novel by the same name, Runaway Jury is a movie based on a legal case. A stockbroker has been shot dead by a disgruntled employee. His widow sues the gun company for selling firearms. The gun company brings in their expert jury consultant Gene Hackman. Fighting for the widow is Dustin Hoffman, who not only wants to win this case, but also use this as a precedent for all gun cases in the country. The gun companies have never lost a case thanks to the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. The stage is set for the trial of the century!

The surprise element is an innocent looking jury member John Cusack. He is a videogame salesman and turns out to be a trickster. He and his accomplice blackmail both the sides for several million dollars to swing the jury to their side. Who pays up? Who wins the case?

I am a sucker for movies in a legal setting and this one was no exception. Good movie with lots of thrilling moments and the trademark John Grisham twist-in-the-tale. Well worth watching.