Roman J. Israel, Esq

Roman J. Israel, Esq

DVD - 2018
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Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action.


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Jun 26, 2018

I enjoyed it - loved the protagonist's fall, rise, fall again, and ultimate rise just before the conclusion of the film. It was good to see a character who is not flawless but eventually finds his way even if it costs him.

Jun 12, 2018

Good acting by Washington and Farrell but the story of a lawyer with Asperger's was not as interesting as it first sounded.

Jun 12, 2018

Try to play by the rules all your life then one time you stray and it cost you everything.

Jun 12, 2018

I just could not become interested in this movie.

Jun 07, 2018

I liked this film portraying a man confronting his morals after years fighting for justice within the legal system.
Well played by Denzel Washington (2016's The Magnificent Seven and Fences) and Colin Farrell (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, 2017). The bonus feature has worthwhile interviews by the director, Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy, 2012; Nightcrawler, 2014; Kong: Skull Island, 2017) and actors of the film.

Jun 04, 2018

This is a good set up, with great actors, very poorly executed. The movie does nothing. It hints around the edges at what might be wrong with your criminal justice system and what might need to be different, but it never gets to the bottom of anything. The one thing it does touch on is how much the corruption in the system will wear you down and get you to cave yourself. But in the end, I was left wanting a lot more than the movie gave me.

May 17, 2018

Occasionally, Denzel's character orates either poetically or bizarrely; I couldn't determine which. Because of this I couldn't tell if he was philosophizing or bsing. I really couldn't determine if he was semi-crazy or what. The film starts out with a catastrophic introduction, thus we do not really get a true picture of his modus operandi in working as a lawyer prior to the catastrophe. What did he do, how did he do it, was he any good at it?

May 15, 2018

Absolutely terrible movie. Boring, with only a decent performance by Denzel. There's a reason this movie flopped so hard at the box office. Save your hold and 2 hours of your life and see something else.

Apr 27, 2018

An idealistic lawyer feels that he has sold out his values. Absolutely splendid acting by Washington.

Apr 16, 2018

Had to listen to the movie twice - to figure out what was happening. The intonation or accents made the story - very difficult to figure out what was exactly going so I put in English Subtitles but the movie was still boring. Just wanted to watch it because Denzel Washington's movies are usually quite engrossing and a very worth while watch. Not this one in my opinion.

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Mar 28, 2018

Now, you're being overcharged to accept a plea and to keep things moving. They want to punish you for even asking for a day in court. It's a volume business. With guards getting overtime and private companies owning the jails... and building them as well.
I'll tell the judge and request a minimum five years. He's facing 15 at trial.
- For a 17-year-old breaking and entering? Hell, why don't we just get it over with and, uh, heh, shoot him?
- That's the offer. Do what you gotta do. Offer doesn't really...
He's not taking top plea. I can tell you that. You're already overcharging him.
- Let's talk about mitigating circumstances. He was caught wearing a T-shirt with a gang symbol.
Like the flag pin on your lapel.
- Five years. That's as low as the People will go.
What people? There's no people. There's you making a bullshxt career-climbing offer. Let's admit it.

Mar 28, 2018

The Constitution guarantees us a right to a fair trial... but there can't be fairness if 95 percent of cases never get heard. Criminal cases never get heard by a jury or a judge.
Let's discuss mitigating circumstances.
- Let's not. Voluntary manslaughter, 10 years. It's a good deal.
It's an enema of sunshine.
- I don't have time for this.
Well, I'm sorry for taking a nanosecond... off of your assembly-line, rubber-stamp existence.
The real enemies aren't the ones on the outside, they're on the inside.
Not speaking out... is ordinary. We're agents of change, George, each one of us. Now, I don't have the resources to finish this on my own. But with your assistance, I'm more than certain... that we can finish this and file it together. Partners on a landmark class-action suit... built on precedents and procedure... and actual proof, weight of proof.

Mar 28, 2018

We filed the wrong brief... in the wrong court to the wrong judge.
- What are you talking about?
A world where everyone's feelings are reciprocated. The capacity for everyone to contribute. Come on. Freedom is something you can only give yourself.
My meanings seem to obfuscate more than clarify. I mean, that's what the discourse is.
The time has come to put social revolution... squarely back on the agenda... where it belongs. Look at you. Just like I was. Just starting out your fight against the... dominant tendencies of our society. Well... you better get ready for the commitment it takes... to lead a resistant lifestyle. You better start forging... the armor to withstand the temptation... and the financial and emotional toll. Because when it comes to social injustice... and judicial indifference... and institutional racism... and outright goddamn greed... the overwhelming majority of the people in this country just don't give a damn.

Mar 28, 2018

I like the idea of starting the conversation... with how protest is still relevant or not... because, you know, we approach these things with, urn, a certain tradition... a certain, you know, uh, repetition of behavior... and sometimes thinking through it, we have to find new approaches.
Each of us is better than the worst thing we ever did.
We are formed of frailty and error. Let us pardon reciprocally each other's follies. That is the first law of nature.
I'm tired of doing the impossible for the ungrateful.
My lack of success is self-imposed.
There needs to be a bottom-up legal change. Who'll see us? What the world could be, not what it is. Society is something to be invented,
not endured.
It is very difficult to be truthful. Not just with principles... but with yourself. To admit that you want something else and to try and act on it.


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