Runaway Jury

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"Trials are too important to be decided by juries."
  • PG-13
  • 2003
  • 2 hr 7 min
  • 7.1  (104,210)
  • 61

Runaway Jury is a legal thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and based on John Grisham's novel of the same name. The movie revolves around the story of a high-profile trial that involves a widow, Celeste Wood, who sues a gun manufacturer after her husband was killed in a workplace shooting. The case attracts the attention of the media and the public, and both sides are determined to win at any cost.

Throughout the trial, both the plaintiff and defense teams are trying to stack the jury with jurors who are sympathetic to their cause. However, they are unaware that a shadowy figure is using their own tactics against them. The mysterious character, known only as "Juror Number Nine," is manipulating the jury selection system and playing both sides against each other.

John Cusack plays Nicholas Easter, a mysterious and enigmatic young man who is selected as a juror in the Celeste Wood trial. As it turns out, Easter is actually working with Marlee, played by Rachel Weisz, who is a woman with a score to settle against the gun manufacturer. The two of them have devised an elaborate plan to manipulate the jury and ensure a verdict in their favor.

A major obstacle in Marlee and Easter's plan is Rankin Fitch, played by Gene Hackman, who is a jury consultant hired by the gun manufacturer to secure the victory. Fitch is a master in the art of jury selection and has a vast array of resources at his disposal. However, as the trial progresses, it becomes clear that Marlee and Easter are more than capable opponents.

The tension in the film builds up as the trial progresses and more and more details about the machinations of the various characters are revealed. Easter and Marlee's plan proves to be both ingenious and dangerous, while Fitch becomes increasingly desperate in his attempts to thwart them. Meanwhile, the other members of the jury, including Dustin Hoffman's character, John Cusack's estranged father, are caught in the middle of the conflict and are unsure of what to do.

Runaway Jury is a high-stakes thriller that explores the dark side of the legal system and the lengths that people will go to in order to win. The film raises thought-provoking questions about justice, morality, and the power of the individual in the face of corporate interests. The performances by the cast are all top-notch, particularly John Cusack and Gene Hackman, who bring their characters to life in a captivating and nuanced way.

Overall, Runaway Jury is a gripping legal drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. Its complex plot and well-drawn characters make it a must-watch for fans of the genre.

Runaway Jury is a 2003 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 7 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1 and a MetaScore of 61.

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