A review of the film the pelican brief

Then they are usually killed anyway. Essentially glossy tosh with a way-out but sexily paranoiac promise, this has a few stand-out nail-biting set pieces although the scariest revelation is John Heard's whale of a waistline!

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It is an effective performance. Darby's computer, disks, and files disappear from her home, where she is again attacked but manages to escape. By casting attractive stars in the leads, by finding the right visual look, by underlining the action with brooding, ominously sad music, a good director can create the illusion of meaning even when nothing's there. Unfortunately, it is this predictability that does harm the film, especially when the plot instances can feel so contrived. Soon after, Callahan is killed by a car bomb ; Darby manages to avoid the same fate and is subsequently attacked by an unknown assailant. Bumping into undercover hitmen or the wrong men at the wrong time, the two constantly are sent running or into hiding as a means of cheaply providing thrills and delaying the inevitable reveal of what is covered in the brief and its fallout. Reading off information they just discovered, Darby casually pulls Gray's hand away from starting the car twice, in order for him to be able to pay attention to what she is saying. The plot is simple, but far-fetched enough to confuseA regular conspiracy in a movie where the script's logic flaws are all too obvious. Playing a part written with her in mind, Julia Roberts is sensational as law student-on-the-run Darby Shaw, and Denzel Washington proves her equal in a laudable example of color-blind casting. There are a lot of hushed phone calls from people who offer tantalizing bits of information and clues before changing their minds and deciding not to say anything else. Constantly bumping into the same hitmen, killing the hitmen, or possible taking Gray off the story, the plot just runs through cliches, contrivances, and convenient plot elements to try drum up tension and anticipation when its central story is good enough to provide both if it just let it breathe.

They might as well have spilled the beans. The plot is simple, but far-fetched enough to confuseA regular conspiracy in a movie where the script's logic flaws are all too obvious. Darby visits the bank to retrieve the contents of the box.

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A plane is arranged for Darby to flee the country. With perfect casting and stellar work by writer-producer-director Alan J. This time, everything revolves around an environmental issue. It's an old law of the movies that ordinary novels are easier to film than great ones, because the director doesn't have to worry about the writer's message and style, if any. Handicapped by some structural shakiness that keeps him off screen too often and for too long, Denzel Washington coolly does the manly support bit as Washington D. Continue reading Show less Is it any good? Pakula, The Pelican Brief is certainly a compelling investigative thriller. It goes on forever, and then, when it absolutely has to be OVER, the thing comes back to life with a saccharine epilogue. I had a hard time keeping up with who got killed and what their relationship to the plot was.

They all seem to be bland-looking, middle-aged white men with pudgy tummies and receding hairlines. Darby's computer, disks, and files disappear from her home, where she is again attacked but manages to escape. An informant calling himself Garcia contacts Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham Denzel Washington with information about the assassinations, but suddenly disappears.

From then on, she goes ahead with a theory in a file that will eventually reach the CIA, leading to a series of murders and putting Shaw herself in danger of life.

Sign in to vote. Plot[ edit ] After two Supreme Court justices are killed by an assassin named Khamel Stanley TucciTulane University law student Darby Shaw Julia Roberts writes a legal brief detailing her theory on why they were killed.

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His plots are no better or worse than average, and his characters are at their service.

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