A Time to Kill


Watched this movie today. Mid-90’s movie dealing with police and/or lawyers is pretty much my dream, so I was really looking forward to it. It was pretty worth it.

The author is, as you can see in the poster above, the same one who wrote The Firm and The Client. I’ve seen them both and you can totally see the resemblance, especially with The Client. This and the client are pretty much the same movie structurally, only with different (not so different in some cases) characters and different settings and backgrounds. This one is set in the really really racist south of the USA, with the Ku Klux Clan making an appearance. Racism is not only the background though, but the main point here, along with vengeance.

I can’t say I can relate to the protagonist’s struggle. The first ten minutes show a man killing the rapists of his ten year old daughter. There is plenty of motive and it is understandable. I see why he did it. The protagonist is defending him and trying to get a not guilty. I would not agree with that. Taking justice into your own hands is how you start racial wars. He should be declared guilty. But, of course, there is a long trial and two smart lawyers fighting it out. I love this, and therefore had a lot of fun. Not the best movie ever, some cheap dialogues from time to time, but nice.

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