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A Time to Kill


Roger Davidson

Time to Kill, A
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Of all the films I've seen this summer, this movie is certainly the best of the lot. Based on the John Grisham novel, this emotional tale follows the residents of a small Mississippi town, and the tragedy that involves a young black girl who is raped and tortured by a couple of local rednecks. Things get even worse when the girl's father (Samuel L. Jackson) takes revenge on the two rapists, and kills them. So now, Jackson is being put on trial for the double-murder (sound familiar), and it's up to slick young lawyer Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) to save Jackson. Of course, when the Ku Klux Klan decide to get involved with the trial, all hell breaks lose in the town of Canton, Mississippi. However, like most of Grisham's stories, everything seems predictable and yet is not what it seems.

Outstanding! Everything about this was magnificent. The screenplay, the directing, the technical achievements and of course: The Acting!!! Jackson once again brings another powerful performance to the screen, as does Sandra Bullock, in the smallish part of a law student, who helps out McConaughey's case. The supporting cast is quite good too. Academy award winner Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects) as the slimy District Attorney; Charles S. Dutton as the town sheriff; And Kiefer Sutherland as an extremely sadistic redneck, who just happens to be the brother of one of the slain rapists. But it's McConaughey's impressive debut in a starring role that truly makes this film a must-see. He is not portraying the usual "Generation X" slacker-type, which seems to be the same boring role EVERY young actor today is playing. McConaughey offers a magnificently original character from the Marlon Brando mold. So in short, this is a powerful drama, that is well -acted, well-directed and brilliantly filmed on location. It's a don't-miss-this-opportunity type of movie.

My Rating = Four Stars

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