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High Crimes is a new thriller/military courtroom drama. Unfortunately there's nothing new about it.

It stars Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, and while both are good as usual (Freeman continues to be effortlessly charming and dynamic on-screen), the plot is extremely standard. Even if you've only seen a couple of these kinds of flicks, the turns in the story will be obvious from about two reels away. Jim Caviezel, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott and Bruce Davidson co-star, and while everyone is cast appropriately and does their darndest, there's absolutley nowhere to go. Perry Mason had more intersting cases.

Director Carl Franklin, who had such an impressive breakthrough with the small but very effective independent flick One False Move and the strong but poorly-received (for some strange reason) follow-up Devil in a Blue Dress, likewise has nothing to work with. The story is told cleanly and efficiently, but it's such cliched and tired material who could possibly care?

This is one of those film experiences where I sat in the audience just hoping beyond hope that it would turn into something special. After the lights came up after one predictible anti-climax after another, I had to realize it just plain isn't special. Oh, well.

Grade: C
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Dear Holden --
Oh shoot!
I was going to go see it Monday, but if you say it's
punko . . .
Only nothing else is playing!
Love,
Jozie



I ain't gettin' in no fryer!
only, neither one are playing near here and I don't have the money to go see either. I'm saving up for, ahem, May 3rd.
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Thanx. I hate the premis of changing lanes, I'll see if frailty is anywhere around here.
You're a pal.
Love,
Jozie



I ain't gettin' in no fryer!
You hate the premise for Changing Lanes? Personally, I find it kinda interesting, but Affleck could screw this one up, who knows.



Don't let the title fool you: it's not a road rage movie. It's not about payback. It's psychological and involving. It's not the gimmick-movie it appears to be, according to what I've read.



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Yo, Spud --
I liked Affleck in other things. Just don't like the idea of piling revenge-rage upon revenge-rage. Enough rage out there anyhoo.
Love,
Jozie



I ain't gettin' in no fryer!
Well I started another thread for us to discuss Changing Lanes in, let's get back to High Crimes in this thread though.



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Hey Chris --
I ended up having to see Hi Crimes anyway. Not 2 bad, but you're right thar at its cotton candy -- fun going down but no staying power. Why did they go afterhim and put him in trial anyway?
Why not just leave him alone? Or assassinate him like they did everyone else? Made no sense.
Sorry I couldnt' take the tip, but thanks for the advise. (I know you'd be right, tho!)
Love,
Jozie



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Lots of typos there. Sorry. It's late,
xx
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