The latest in the succession of John Grisham novels brought to the screen. This time, a young lawyer battles a big evil insurance company on behalf of a poor family, whose son is dying of leukemia. On the sideline, he befriends a young battered wife. Naturally the underdogs triumph over the evil oppressors.
Floyd Mbongeni: It's quite cool.I wouldn't mind watching it for the third time.
Bruce Humphrey: A very well crafted movie with very good acting. Mainly court-room drama concerning wife-bashing and the dirty tricks of a life insurance company. I loved the line from our newly-qualified lawyer (Matt Damon): ''I was sworn in by a fool and vouched for by a scroundrel!'' Jon Voight is also very good as the highly-paid lawyer of dubious ethics (the scoundrel). If you don't mind movies where half the time is spent in the court-room then go and enjoy it as I did!
Les Yates: A movie which should have focused on the insurance industry in the style of Arthur Haley (I don't know if he has!) without weak cases attached to the main theme (the wife beating case, obviously serious, but seemed to be there as a filler). The movie lacked substance.