Thursday Movie Picks: Legal Thrillers


Happy New Year folks! Today is 2017's first Thursday which only means I'm back with another Thursday Movie Picks post. If you are new and you have no idea what I'm talking about, this is a weekly series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves where you share three movies to fit the theme of the week each Thursday.

Opening this year is legal thrillers, and I'm very excited about it because it's one of my favourite genres. I've been a fan of the genre since I can remember. I also wanted to become a lawyer when I was a kid. Being a princess just wasn't for me. Anyway, there are too many films that fits this theme so I wasn't able to pick them all. And since I had to pick only three, I went with crime related films.Without further ado, here's my picks

Fracture (2007)

Ted Crawford shoots his wife, confesses to the police but then pleads not guilty and opts to defend himself in court, and it's up to young DA Willy Beachum to put Crawford behind bars. But it's not that easy. I've seen this movie a while ago and by that I mean a lot of years ago, so I don't remember much. But I remember it kept me glue to the screen until the very end.

Primal Fear (1996) 

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest mainly because he was running away from the scene of the murder, and a cocky, high-powered attorney takes on the case that eventually turns out to be way more complex than it looked in the first place. This is one of my favourite legal thrillers. Like above, it keeps you on the edge of your seat, it does have a great final twist, and Edward Norton is simply spectacular.


A Time to Kill (1996)

In Mississippi, a young, white attorney takes on the case of a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter. I don't know why but I feel like this film is very underrated. The plot is good, suspenseful and well-executed. And it makes an important social commentary on racism. 

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  1. Primal Fear is on another post as well and it's excellent! I also liked Fracture-great cat and mouse game. I haven't seen the 3rd one but always wanted to

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  2. I've seen, and picked, A Time to KIll. It's a great film, even if there is a hint of pro self vigilante justice...

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    1. I'm actually pro vigilante justice. The justice system just sucks.

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  3. I really need to see Primal Fear, been wanting to see it for an age!

    Aha Fracture - picked it too - I think I need to see it again, refresh my memory.

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    1. Give Primal Fear a try, I'm sure you'll love it! By the way, I also need to rewatch Fracture.

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  4. I picked Primal Fear as well. It's a very strong film in and through!
    While I haven't watched the other films, Fracture seems so popular this week. I need to peek a bit.

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    1. It's good from what I remember. I'll rewatch it soon and review it.

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  5. I've only seen A Time to Kill. Love that movie. McConaughey's closing statements have stuck with me for years.

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    1. I can't stand McCounaghey, but I loved that part as well.

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  6. I used to like really love the genre and the 90's had a lot of them. The genre has sort of died out a little. The most recent legal thriller/courtroom drama that I can name (but didn't see) is the one with Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall which didn't really make any waves.

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    1. I wanted to check out that one, but never got around to it because of the director. I doubt Dobkin is able to make a good legal thriller considering his other films.

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