July 15, 1993

The Firm

Perfectly executed thriller from Sidney Pollack. Pollack's career is alarmingly uneven- he made great movies like Out Of Africa, Tootsie, and Three Days Of The Condor, yet he also cranked out Havana, the Sabrina remake, and Random Hearts. The Firm is not great, but it is an expertly crafted thriller: Tom Cruise's ambition gets him in too deep at a Mob-owned law firm, run by a Who's Who of great character actors (Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Wilfred Brimley). Can his patented Tom Cruise Run save his bar license...and his life?