This is a professional machine of a movie that compresses huge amounts of information into its two and a half hours of screen time. But it's so weighed down by detail, it fails to generate any real suspense.
Severely underrated gem. I think it's too smart for most people, that's why.
Most critics clearly didn't understand the complex plot and thus gave it a bad score, because it hurt their ego. Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel even openly admitted they had trouble keeping up with the plot at times. But they still enjoyed it & gave it a good rating. It's still in YouTube
Most critics felt hurt, and blamed their stupidity on "convoluted script" or "The story gets lost in the details". The plot is very clear really, and quite realistic one. If you have the IQ to keep up. There is no wasted scene or line of dialogue.
The music is great, and was nominated for an Oscar. Top notch acting by everyone involved, including Tom Cruise who shows here probably for the first time, that he can really act and shows a versatile range of realistic emotions, and is able to appear as very sympathetic. OK it's not the scariest of thrillers, the bad guys are moderately tame, but it's realistic in that sense. They are crooked lawyers, not serial killers.
Intelligent and solid thriller. Not for the average airheads, you will get bored because when the credits roll, you won't understand what the hell just happened. Especially towards the end, the plot accelerates to a breakneck speed, and not much is explained for simpletons. If you blink, you will miss things. Everything makes perfect sense though. Take it as a challenge, and you might end up loving this film.
Very little of what made the written version so enjoyable has been successfully translated to the screen, and what we're left with instead is an overly-long (two hours and thirty-four minutes, to be exact), pedantic thriller.
I am a huge John Grisham fan, but I never cared much for The Firm. I finally decided to watch it as part of a paper for my film class, because as the first adaptation **** novel, it was important to the paper, but I still can't explain why it was the first novel they decided to turn into a movie. The story follows a younger lawyer who is graduating at the top of his Harvard Law class. As the offers pour in, he has a tough decision to make, and finally settles on a small Nashville firm, that has made him an offer that is too good to be true. As he starts working for The Firm, Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) comes to realize that their only client is an organized crime syndicate and he's trapped inside. Eventually, the FBI comes to McDeere and tries to recruit him as a whistle blower, and his response is somewhat unorthodox. What I never understood about this story is why McDeere went to the lengths he did. He could have achieved the same outcome by simply complying with one side or the other. He jumps through all these hoops and does all these secretive things in order to achieve the same outcome. To me, this always made the second half of the book and film to be pretty much pointless. Tom Cruise stars and shines in the type of role that defined his early career. At this point in his career, if Tom Cruise is not starring as a dark loner or a sci-fi action hero, there isn't any point to watching his movies, but back in the early 90s he really had that special spark that has garnered him the reputation he has today. Cruise was paired with Gene Hackman, making the perfect dynamic of the old star, turning things over to the new. It was a bold move that didn't work out so well for the Indiana Jones franchise, but here it was one of the most interesting things about this film. The acting is terrific and a Grisham film is always very clever and well written, but as I said I've never been a fan of The Firm. The second half of the story just doesn't sit right with me and I'll continue to say it no matter how good the cast is.
Sydney Pollack's "The Firm" ultimately finds a home within its respective sub-genre, but it almost bites off more than it can proverbially chew with its insane length and a plot that may be far beyond the layman's grasp.
Almost everything about this film is capable while doing its best to be absolutely unremarkable. Two and a half hours of boring intrigue with no stakes being conveyed as worth my interest at any point. Are we supposed to LIKE any of the characters, or care that they're at risk? Everyone involved are just so stilted and insufferable, and what actually is that soundtrack? It's like they scored a chain barbecue restaurant commercial but then realized they were actually doing a a thriller score and changed nothing. There are better things you can do with your time than watch this. I'm no Grisham fan so maybe everything was lost on me.
This movie feels unfinished. The beginning is fantastic and catches you by the hook. But just as it's about to reach its climax, it decides to send you on a 20 minute chase scene through Memphis tourist attractions that have little to do with the actual story. The set pieces involved must have gone overbudget, because the finale is retconned to reuse old sets, and it doesn't make a lick of sense. When will writers learn that the ending matters?