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Runaway Jury

Published September 26, 2021

Runaway Jury

Film info

  • Title Runaway Jury
  • Director Gary Fleder
  • Year 2003
  • Run time 2hrs 7m
  • Genres Thriller, Drama
  • Tagline Trials are too important to be decided by juries

When a young widow in New Orleans brings a civil suit against the powerful corporate consortium she holds responsible for her husband's murder, she sets in motion a multi-million dollar case. It's a suit that may be won even before it begins however, based solely on the selection, manipulation, and ultimately, the attempted 'theft' of the jury. With lives and millions of dollars at stake, the fixer plays a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a jury member and a mysterious woman who offer to 'deliver' the verdict to the highest bidder.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:56 Does 911 put you on hold when you report a shooting?
8:42 Oof, he’s like a little Sherlock.
17:28 Jury selection is such a lengthy process before you even get to the trial!
19:53 Never heard ‘God save the state’ before.
26:14 It’s mad to think they can spend what they want because the cost of it going against them is so huge.
27:42 “Trials are too important to be left up to juries.”
38:35 “But he’s blind, man, so what. So is justice.”
47:26 Shred it AND burn it.
1:01:06 “I might be wrong but I don’t think that’s your shade of lipstick.”
1:10:15 Saved someone’s life, found your flat burgled and burned… heck of a day.
1:17:59 Can’t believe he’s walking around with effectively 500k in cash.
1:29:22 I feel like the men’s room isn’t the best place for an argument about ethics and morals.
1:42:39 Fitch takes a lot of his anger out on phones.
1:55:19 He’s so good at manipulating the people!

Thoughts

I finished reading the John Grisham novel just a week or so ago and realised there was bound to be a film adaptation, so quickly sourced it. This film was brilliant and packed full of stars, so I’m surprised it’s not more famous than it is. It’s slightly different to the book, but mostly sticks quite rigidly to the source material - if you overlook the fact that the trial in the book is brought against the tobacco industry rather than guns.

But I did like being able to get behind certain characters and felt like it was easier to understand some of their motivations on screen rather than on the page. And overall, a really good story and thriller with a satisfying end. I really need to watch more legal thrillers, I think.

Rating: 5 / 5

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