2015 Blind Spot Series: Primal Fear


What I knew going in: I've seen bits and pieces of it over the years, and I knew Edward Norton gives a great performance.

A hot shot lawyer Martin Vail (Richard Gere) - and we know he's a hot shot because that's literally how he introduces himself to his client picks up a case involving a 19 year old man, Aaron (Edward Norton) who is accused of slaughtering an Archbishop. His former girlfriend, Janet (Laura Linney) ends up as the prosecuting attorney, but Martin starts to believe that his client may actually be innocent of this crime.

The one thing keeping me from watching this movie in the past is Richard Gere. I can't stand the guy, and I thought he was terrible here as well. Still, even though he is our lead, all the other actors around him are so good they drown him out. Norton obviously is brilliant. Laura Linney, Alfre Woodard, Andre Braugher, and Maura Tierney give great performances as well, even though they are small.

I love a good courtroom drama, and this one was very entertaining and the story felt very rich. 

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "Theeeeerrrrresssssss motive." - Tommy (Andrew Braugher)

8 comments:

  1. I actually like Richard Gere, although he is definitely better in some things than others. And I really liked this movie. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, he just never goes it for me. I think it's his face. lol #petty

      Delete
  2. Ha, I think I saw this film in the late 90s. I went to the theater to see it. It was appropriate at the time b/c a lot of the priest abuse was coming to light. It was a good courtroom drama and I think it was the first time I remember seeing Edward Norton?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nice! I suppose this was really relevant at the time it was released. It's pretty relevant now. I'm glad you liked it.

      Delete
  3. Richard Gere is hit-and-miss but he's a hit here as I think it's one of his finest performances while he allows Edward Norton to shine.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Definitely. I usually can't stand him, but he was tolerable here.

      Delete
  4. Norton is amazing here. Glad you loved it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He was! I'm glad I loved it too. Blind Spots have been good to me this year. (so far)

      Delete

If you're reading this sentence you should probably leave a comment.