The Star Chamber

The Star Chamber ★★★

Loses some steam halfway through and never quite pays off its long setup, but this is full of great sequences and compelling scenes. I’m surprised the car chase and the two fantastic foot chases aren’t talked about more. Peter Hyams deserves more acclaim.

I choose to believe Larry Hankin’s character is the same guy he later played in Breaking Bad, which would explain that character’s deep familiarity with the Fourth Amendment.

Why is Michael Douglas holding a gun on the poster? He never touches a gun in the movie. At one point he kinda kicks a guy but he’s not exactly Judge Dredd.

Also: iTunes has this in a cropped 1.85 aspect ratio even though it was shot anamorphic, which is a real shame.

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