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THE FIRM (1993)

I hadn’t seen THE FIRM in a long time. All I could really remember is Tom Cruise doing a lot of running. Based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, it holds up rather well and is a well-made thriller that is as fun as it is suspenseful.
 
Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) is a much in demand law school graduate and he is wooed by the best firms in the country. But it is the Memphis-based Bendini, Lambert, & Locke that make him an offer he can’t refuse. Unfortunately he should have. It becomes clear to him very quickly that things are not as they seem at the firm and when he does discover the truth, he is in far too deep to get out with his life. But the feds have already got their hooks in him and unless he finds a way to get out of this mess he’s made for himself, life for him will never be the same.
 
Directed by the great Sydney Pollack and filled with a top-notch cast that includes Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Hal Holbrook, Holly Hunter and Ed Harris, THE FIRM is on cruise control (seriously, no pun intended) from start to finish. Speaking of the cast, there are a few fun surprises including SAW franchise baddie Tobin Bell and BREAKING BAD’s Dean Norris as enforcers for the firm.
 
If you’re a fan of classic thrillers and like a lot of running then THE FIRM is a satisfying film. Nowhere near a classic of the genre, it will still keep you on your toes.

DECEMBER 19, 2013