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The Rainmaker



The Rainmaker
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The Rainmaker is the best movie I've seen all year, possibly the best movie I've seen, period. Brilliantly acted, shrewdly plotted, it requires no special effects to make it fascinating.

Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon) is a young lawyer whose had terrible luck finding a job after graduation (the book by John Grisham delves more on this point, but I wouldn't say it was better than the movie). Finally, his boss at a local bar, Prince Thomas, finagles Rudy a job with Prince's crooked lawyer, Bruiser Stone (Mickey Rourke). To his new job, Rudy brings his potential cases: a bad-faith insurance lawsuit, and a will-drafting for a rich old woman. The bad-faith insurance case quickly picks up speed, as it becomes more and more obvious the insurance company was wrong, and that Rudy could get a rather hefty amount of money from them.

Although he has the inept help of Deck Shiffle (Danny DeVito), he has stiff competition. The insurance company's lawyers are much richer and more experienced. But Rudy's faith in his case, and devotion to forcing justice to be served keep him from giving up. He also develops a familiar relationship with his clients: a middle-aged couple whose twenty-something son is dying of leukemia because the insurance company denied his claims and refused to pay for his treatments. Meanwhile, he scours for new cases in a hospital coffee shop - in other words, ambulance chasing-and falls for an abused wife he meets there.

If this movie doesn't win many accolades, it'll be a shame. Don't miss it.

My Rating = Four Stars

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