The Firm (1993)

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The Firm (1993)
  • Time: 154 min
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
  • Director: Sydney Pollack
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman

Storyline:

Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by ‘The Firm’ and made an offer he doesn’t refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice – work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan…

One review

  • I’ve always loved political/legal thrillers, especially ones that deal with a man in a corrupt organization who is trying to work his way out and beat them. The Firm is definitely one of the better films of this nature that I’ve seen. Tom Cruise is definitely the right man to lead the story along, making it compelling the entire way through and keeping the viewer on his side. Most of the cast is quite good, but I want to highlight Ed Harris who steals every one of his scenes. He was perfect for the part and added an intensity that really impressed me, especially in the scene at the dog track. Holly Hunter (who received an Oscar nomination) should also be mentioned for a role completely unlike her work in The Piano, which she won the Oscar for in the same year. It’s a cute, bubbly secretary character that feels like it came right out of some classic noir. The Firm is a crisply written, very suspenseful, well acted and well executed thriller. I’d also like to mention the excellent, Oscar-nominated score, which felt like something out of a more vintage era of thrillers. It was very reminiscent of Three Days of the Condor’s, another thriller from Pollack that featured a man on the run from several organizations trying to figure out what’s going on. My only complaints are that it feels a little bit too long and it gets pretty convoluted about halfway through. I’d say around when Mitch (Cruise’s character) discovers the over-billing thing is when there starts to be a bit too much going on and it gets a little hard to understand everything in the moment. But it’s never too over the top.

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