Friday, September 11, 2009

The Firm (1993)

A young lawyer joins a prestigous law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side. [imdb]

Nominated for 2 Oscars:

Best Supporting Actress: Holly Hunter
Best Original Score

There are many things wrong with this movie. It's not that it's so typical for the beginning of the 90s movies; but the film is poorly constructed, naively written and acted mostly in a mediocre way. And this is the top grossing film of 1993? Ih... I don't know about the novel, but the story couldn't have been lighter. I don't wanna seem bitchier than necessary: it works at times, but has mad plot holes for the rest of it or just simple solutions hard to believe.

How could have Sydney Pollack directed such a flawed film? It's predictable (except for when it makes no sense) and the characters are poorly constructed and strangely motivated. The best part is the little action going on in the second half that gets us out of the cliche of the project. Holly Hunter gives one of the few respectable performances, but her character is so poorly treated that I actually felt sorry for Holly for getting such a shitty role & undeserved nomination. The Original Score was way too much in my face for me to enjoy. Tom Cruise gave a good speech at the end which redeemed his performance.

My rating for the film: 3.5/10. A waste of time mostly; and somehow they won tons of money with this.


  1. I definitely liked this film more than you, but I would agree that it is somewhat overrated. It was too long for the story to stay entertaining and engrossing throughout, but I thought Cruise and Hackman were both good enough to make it worth watching.

  2. I saw this two weeks ago and am yet to review it...just because. You hated it...I thought it was pleasant but trite. If I was hard pressed I would say Tripplehorn deserved the nod more [not that any of them was outstanding]. Oh well.

  3. Harsh on it I was, because I though that it was meant to be a big intelligent movie and... almost nothing near that. just some slightly entertaining whatever.

    Tripplehorn started out well, but all those scenes with Hackman in the island were so outrageously written & hard to believe, that she just seemed... bad, or at least uninteresting in front of all that nonsense.

    I tried to think of a 1993 supporting actress close to getting Hunter's nomination... so a believable choice. But couldn't find any. Maybe Miriam I-don't-know-who from The Age of Innocence or Embeth Davidtz (?) from Schindler.