Reviewed Jul 02, 2012
Gary Fleder directed John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz and Gene Hackman on a roller coaster ride in the land of senseless death resulting from a loose gun control. This awesome court drama introduces us to Vicksburg Firearms, an industry represented by Rankin, in a trial versus Celeste Wood, whose husband died in an automatic-firearm assault of which she thinks Vicksburg should hold responsibility. Watch as Celeste and Rohr (Hoffman) taking down the firearms Goliath to his knees. Runaway Jury, IMO is a quite decent crime thriller.
Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman) a juror analyst (I would say a great profiler) is the filthiest man in the legal business, ironically illegally. He would press in and out and even any other way as long as the cash flows his way. The reason behind his success is because he simply never cares, have never regretted and will never ever think about the people who have to suffer because of his greed.
It's not often that I find a film whose magnetic appeal comes directly from the antagonist character and so far Gene Hackman satisfies my taste. Rankin's cunning remarks, illegal conducts and his over-confidence really drag me down to the deep well of deception ruled by money, in the underground kingdom of dirty business, where jurors' bribery, blackmail and intimidation have been the regular staple foods served on daily basis.