CineTV Contest - My Favorite Courtroom/Trial Movies
If you enjoy watching courtroom/trial movies, you'll probably find this list useful. The films that make the most sense to me are Michael Clayton, The Devil's Advocate, and Erin Brockovich. Let's take a look at each of these titles, and how they compare. These movies all have one thing in common: they depict the legal process in a compelling way.
The Devil's Advocate
The Devil's Advocate is a supernatural horror film directed by Taylor Hackford, adapted from a novel by Andrew Neiderman and stars Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. The film tells the story of a young Florida lawyer who becomes entangled with demonic forces and faces off against his own origin of positive influence.
The film depicts how the legal system works, and how attorneys are forced to choose between their morals and their desire to win. This movie teaches that you can't please the Devil in all situations, but you can't ignore him either. I think it's one of my favorite courtroom/trial movies, so much so that I can't recommend it enough!
The Devil's Advocate is a great example of a movie that captures the essence of law. It's about a lawyer trying to get a conviction for murder, and the resulting consequences. It depicts lawyers as powerful, manipulative, and unflattering. In a way, the film shows law as the vehicle of evil. The Devil's Advocate is a must-see for anyone who's interested in law and justice.
This biographical legal drama tells the story of a woman who won a landmark lawsuit against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company for the protection of her family's drinking water. The film received a generally positive critical reaction. But is it worthy of its star Julia Roberts's extraordinary performance?
This movie follows the story of Erin Brockovich, a divorced, single mother of three. She works at a small law firm and investigates a case involving toxic exposure. Her investigation turns up several inconsistencies. Erin investigates the case and persuades her employer to take it on, despite the temptation to join the big-time Los Angeles law firm.
Despite its formulaic nature, courtroom/trial movies are a great source of entertainment. The drama of a legal case is usually accompanied by impassioned monologues about justice. The resulting drama often involves lawyers' personal lives and their struggles for their clients.
One of my favorite courtroom movies is Michael Clayton. While the film's premise may be somewhat familiar, it's worth mentioning in the context of its unique cast and unique location. If you've never seen Clayton in action before, here's what you need to know. Here are some of its highlights:
The movie starts out as a typical courtroom drama. Clayton and his firm are working on a multi-billion-dollar class-action lawsuit against agro-chemical company that uses a cancer-causing pesticide. Clayton's top litigator, Arthur Edens, has been on the case for six years, but recently suffered a ranting breakdown during a deposition in Milwaukee.
Michael Clayton is a troubled corporate lawyer. His job is to keep his wealthy clients out of trouble. However, his personal life was a mess. He had a gambling addiction and a divorce, and he was still trying to pay off his debt to his alcoholic brother, Timmy. He tries to avoid paying his debt, but ultimately ends up owing the firm $75,000.
While Michael Clayton isn't a typical lawyer, it's a compelling movie about corporate greed. It's not quite Erin Brockovich, but it's a grim vision of ethical compromise at the top. While all of the characters are slogging through the same moral muck, none of them are entirely good or noble. But Tilda Swinton's Karen reveals her vulnerability in front of the mirror and in the eyes of those who would stoop to such deception.
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