The Rainmaker

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Another adaption of one of John Grisham’s novels. I am one of his bigger fans, I have actually read 5 of his books (and I don’t read, trust me). This is probably the most true adaption of a Grisham story that I have seen to date.

Acclaimed director, Francis Ford Coppola directs Matt Damon (Rudy Baylor), Danny Devito (Deck Shifflet) and an all star cast. Rudy is a third year law students who gets a job at a “questionable” law firm run by one “Bruiser” (Mickey Rourke). After learning of his involvement with the law, Rudy and Deck decide to move out on their own.

One of Rudy’s cases is against an insurance company filed by a poor family from Memphis (where this movie was filmed). They had repeatadly denied claims for this family saying that an operation would not cure the patient’s Leukemia. They fight it (the main plot of the story) and the movie shows how Rudy learns to differenciate what he learned in law school and what he learns on the “street”.

Also involved is a subplot about an attractive young woman who is beaten by her husband (Claire Danes and Andrew Shue respectively). Rudy gets involved in more ways than one and solves that problem as well.

Needless to say, all’s well that ends well…as we might expect. But getting there is half the fun in this great adaption of one of John Grisham’s better books.

Video: How does it look?

This is dual-layered and I could not even detect a layer switch. It is not 16:9 enhanced, thus resulting in a lot of scenes with a “shimmering” effect (most noticeably in the courtroom scenes with the blinds). Still, I noticed no artifacting, and overall a good picture.

Audio: How does it sound?

A Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is used and it sounds great at times. This movie is mainly dialogue and plot, but some scenes involve rain and fighting and the sound kicks in there for a nice effect.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Hope you like the movie, cause that’s all you get…

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