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Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan...
A jazzy thriller with a strong cast, Sydney Pollack's "The Firm" offers a worthy and engaging adaptation of John Grisham's legal potboiler. Starring Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman, the film follows a bright, young attorney facing the pull of prestige and prosperity and caught up in a web of deceit. Easily entertaining and crisply compelling, the film provides sturdy drama and solid excitement.
Cruise plays the fresh-out-of-law-school Mitch McDeere who moves his family from Boston to Memphis when a job at a well-known firm beckons. That job has dark edges, however, and soon McDeere's safety is in doubt.
Grisham's story makes for an intriguing script, and Pollack's pulls everything together with sophistication. Direction rarely calls attention to itself, and Pollack…
Recommend by Connor Carey
While, about 15-20 mins too long, the plot at times can become a bit silly, and some scenes feel like they could've been left on the cutting room, "The Firm" is still a rock solid tense thriller with rock solid performances from everyone involved, a gripping premise, and despite being overlong, at 2 hours and 30 mins, it is still paced pretty well. Nothing revolutionary, but a very enjoyable and well made thriller nevertheless.
The Firm is yet another solid movie from Tom Cruise. It features great performances from everyone in the cast, an exceptional story, a tense atmosphere, and great pacing. Cruise is phenomenal in the lead role as usual, as is Gene Hackman, Ed Harris and others. I was invested in the story from beginning to end, and the movie always managed to surprise me. However, it's definitely too long at points, and I felt that it got a bit convoluted at times. But other than that, I really enjoyed The Firm. Definitely recommended for fans of Cruise, or anyone looking for a solid thriller to watch.
The Firm boasts a great cast and some strong performances, as well as a relatively interesting subject matter, but is ultimately too bloated, dull and poorly written to be at all enjoyable.
A movie relic of a bygone era, one where Grisham and Clancy were kings, and the movies at the cineplex seemed impossibly "adult" to my young mind. Even if this movie were really bad, I'd probably love it, drinking in the complicated law mechanics, ominous piano score, and opulent offices full of leather chairs and mahogany furnishings. Kind of hilarious that, despite all the corruption and murder, Cruise's biggest fear seems to be getting disbarred; oh this was written by a lawyer, you say? I love this cast: Busey, Holly Hunter, David Strathairn, Gene Damn Hackman, and Wilford Brimley saying, "What do you think I am around here, a fucking night watchman?" Not to mention the scene where Cruise ~spoiler~ angrily kicks the crap out of him. Fun for "adults".
This film proves a few things, firstly that nobody can run in a suit, with a briefcase better than Tom Cruise.
And secondly that Tom Cruise was always a superstar.
It his star appeal that carries The Firm shuddering along to its lumpy conclusion.
Athletic Tom Cruise as a young lawyer who is trying to work a step ahead of both the corrupt firm he joined and the FBI, so he doesn't have to A) die or B) live in Witness Protection. It's a fun film, and a well-made film by a journeyman Hollywood filmmaker who has made good films (Tootsie, They Shoot Horses Don't They?, even Out of Africa).
The Firm is lesser than those films, but it's a fun 2-and-a-half-hours that would have been a better 2 hours.
The Firm has some tense moments and gets by on Tom Cruise's intensity and intelligence. It's refreshing to see a character who is smart as a whip, but still hopelessly in over his head. Pollack's tonally consistent direction presents a hero who is one step ahead of everyone else without sacrificing any feel of danger and uncertainty.
There were some complex supporting turns here and an interesting, "everyday" quality to the camerawork. The only real issue is the pacing and unnecessary sprawl of the story. Overall worth the watch, though.
Tom Cruise the name itself you can watch. Very very good story. Starting you will feel little bore but u will get to know its a very good movie
As good as I remember it.
Film # 25 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 15" Challenge
Task # 28: A film with a horrible boss
Of all the John Grisham book to movie adaptations, “The Firm” from director Sydney Pollack has been the most successful. If it’s the best film, I don’t know. Grisham’s stories are always intriguing, but never the most inventive. They just have to be believable and have depth. This is present in “The Firm”.
Mitch McDeere is a brilliant law student, who has a lot of interesting job offers to choose from. Mitch eventually choses the money and joins a small law company in Memphis. Besides a good salary, they also offer him a house and a beautiful car. His…
It's overlong by at least 20 minutes, the Oscar-nominated Dave Grusin score seems to belong in another movie, and the backflip scene costs it at least half a star, but THE FIRM holds up as a blueprint for the kind of glossy, star-powered legal thriller you don't see much of these days, and if you do, it goes straight to VOD (like MISCONDUCT). Based on John Grisham's second novel, THE FIRM was the first of the bestselling author's books to hit the big screen and has Tom Cruise at his most Cruise-ish (some great obligatory "Cruise running" scenes here) as ambitious Harvard Law grad Mitch McDeere, seduced into a Tennessee law firm that has some legit tax dealings but gets…
I will never get tired of watching Tom Cruise run.
June 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task # 28: A film with a terrible boss
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The more I watch him, the more I appreciate Tom Cruise. He's been in a lot of fantastic films and always gives it everything he's got, no matter what. Even the worst film that I think he's been in (Vanilla Sky) isn't absolute garbage because he's just his normal Tom Cruise self.
In The Firm, he does splendidly with great support from Hackman and Tripplehorn. It's really crazy to think that this film came out in the 90s because it feels like Cruise has been around for so much longer. Then again, the 90s aren't as close in proximity as I think often think they are.
Lastly, if I ever wanted to perform a sting operation or do any sneakiness, I would pick Holly Hunter to be my partner in this endeavor. She's magnetic and wonderful as she always is.
Still the best of the Grisham adaptations, with Pollack giving us that jazzy, paranoid vibe he usually dropped in thrillers. Cruise is memorably antsy in this one. It's the first movie I've seen him in where it actually looks like he's thinking throughout it.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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