The Firm

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  • R
  • 1993
  • 2 hr 34 min
  • 6.9  (146,487)
  • 58

The Firm is a 1993 legal thriller movie directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Gene Hackman. The film is based on John Grisham's novel of the same name, and it tells the story of a young lawyer's life-changing experience after he joins a prestigious law firm, only to discover that there is a dark and dangerous side to it.

The movie follows the life of Mitch McDeere (played by Tom Cruise), a young and ambitious Harvard Law School graduate who is approached by a Memphis law firm called Bendini, Lambert, and Locke. They offer him an unusually high salary and benefits package that includes a new house and a car. Mitch eagerly accepts the job and moves from his hometown in Boston to Memphis with his wife Abby (played by Jeanne Tripplehorn).

At the beginning of the movie, Mitch is excited about his new job and his bright future, but things start to change when he discovers that the firm is involved in illegal activities. The firm's senior partners, led by Avery Tolar (played by Gene Hackman), are crooked and often use the law to cover up their criminal activities. Mitch finds himself in a perilous situation when he becomes involved with the FBI, who are investigating the firm's activities.

The movie has a fast-paced and suspenseful plot that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The film's direction is fantastic, and the performances of the actors are commendable. Tom Cruise shines in the role of Mitch, portraying the character's ambition, naivety, and growth with ease. Jeanne Tripplehorn is also excellent as Abby, Mitch's wife, who is both supportive and conflicted about the situation they find themselves in. Gene Hackman steals the show with his portrayal of Avery, the firm's senior partner, whose charming and intimidating demeanor masks his darker intentions.

The movie is not just a legal thriller, but it also examines the themes of morality, loyalty, and greed. The audience is asked to consider what they would do in Mitch's position and whether they would put their career or their ethics first. The film shows how power and money can corrupt even the most talented and ambitious individuals and how easy it is to become a part of a corrupt organization.

The movie's production design is also commendable, and the Memphis setting adds to the film's atmosphere. The film's soundtrack is excellent and features iconic songs from the 60s and 70s.

Overall, The Firm is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys legal thrillers or movies that examine the darker side of human nature. The film is intense, entertaining, and offers thought-provoking themes that stay with the audience long after the movie has ended. The movie's conclusion is satisfying, and the film's final shot is unforgettable. The Firm is a timeless classic that has aged gracefully and is still relevant today, over two decades later.

The Firm is a 1993 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 34 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 58.

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    6.9  (146,487)
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