A Few Good Men (1993)

“You can’t handle the truth!”

When cocky military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore), are assigned to a murder case, they uncover a hazing ritual that could implicate high-ranking officials such as shady Col. Nathan Jessep (Jack Nicholson).

A Few Good Men features a very smart and intelligent script. There are surprises to this script, the one being that Cruise and Moore do not have a love affair. This little surprise I think made the story more interesting. Another cool thing about the script that I found was that Kevin Bacon’s character who was defending the government against Cruise was still his friend and although they were against each other they still had a good bond.

The most praise of this film goes towards the performances from the stars of the film. Tom Cruise proves that he can play with big boys, and the one thing with Cruise is that so many people criticize him for his good looks and thinks that’s all he is, however he does have great talent and it is shown in this film. Don’t be fooled, though Jack Nicholson may have top billing in the movie’s cast he is only in the film for a bout 20 min. maximum. However despite his time in the movie he does a powerful job at playing Col. Jessep and fully leaves a mark in the film.

The film at time though I thought it was very predictable. The one major problem that the film lacked was a forceful explosion of drama and at times that is what this film lacked. The film needed a certain boost of energy to fully make this film more compelling and strong. The ending climax was the most effective scene of this film despite the other scenes that had so much potential to be strong if handled correctly.

This film though good, not great, features top-notch performances from Cruise and Nicholson, though the film can feel very predictable. Go out to watch it just know you won’t be on the edge of your seat.


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