RUNAWAY JURY is a left-wing propaganda movie that is absolutely shameless in the way it makes all the characters opposed to its radical message look as bad as possible. Ironically, the game that this movie about jury tampering plays is as phony and rigged as the jury in the story.
John Cusack stars in the movie as a young man who infiltrates a jury in New Orleans during a trial against a gun manufacturer. Dustin Hoffman plays the lawyer suing the manufacturer for being culpable when a disturbed man uses one of the manufacturer’s guns to slaughter a bunch of people in an office. Gene Hackman plays the evil jury consultant working for the gun manufacturer. Rachel Wiesz plays Cusack’s cohort, who offers the jury to both sides, for $15 million.
Ultimately, RUNAWAY JURY is nothing more than a leftist diatribe against gun ownership. The movie presents none of the many facts and arguments against gun control and in favor of gun ownership. Also, nearly all of the characters supporting the gun manufacturer in the movie are sleazy, obnoxious and stupid. RUNAWAY JURY is an abhorrent movie that deserves our righteous condemnation. Apparently, the leftist elitists in Hollywood can’t make a political movie without setting up a bunch of straw men. This will only hurt them in the long run, because it weakens their filmmaking skills and alienates them from the average moviegoer in America’s heartland.
The cast makes a good effort at selling this sludge, but their characters are stereotypes with little substance behind them. The movie uses these stereotypes to argue that violent criminals are the result of a corrupt social system. This Rousseauian Romantic worldview is supported by clear statements and scenes designed to appeal to the emotions of moviegoers, rather than engage their brains.
Unhappily, there are many people who will fall for such superficial cinematic techniques. This is exactly what happened in Germany when Adolph Hitler and his National Socialist demagogues used movies like TRIUMPH OF THE WILL to convince the German people that murdering Jews, handicapped people, sickly senior citizens, and unborn children was a good idea. The pro-abortion, pro-gun control leftists in Hollywood are the rightful heirs of these socialist monsters.
Please address your comments to:
Peter Chernin, Chairman and CEO
The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
A division of Fox, Inc. and News Corp.
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
SUMMARY: RUNAWAY JURY is a propaganda movie about a trial against an evil gun manufacturer. The movie presents none of the many facts and arguments against gun control and in favor of gun ownership, and nearly all of the characters supporting the gun manufacturer in the movie are sleazy and obnoxious.
(RoRo, PCPCPC, AP, C, Ab, LLL, VV, A, D, M) Strong Romantic worldview using emotional arguments to make a very strong politically correct, deceitful case for gun control, with an anti-American slant that targets the American military and cynically uses patriotism to manipulate jury, lawyers, and judge in civil case, plus a few positive references to Christianity such as prayer, religious candles, and a God bless you, as well as at least a couple anti-Christian elements such as pastor’s wife has a secret sin and villain lightly mocks man’s faith; at least 24 obscenities, two strong profanities, and one light profanity; moderate violence such as gunshots heard as gunman slaughters office workers, arson, apartment trashed, implied suicide attempt, and very rough struggle between woman and male attacker; no sex or nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying, jury tampering, and extortion.
GENRE: Drama/Mystery/Courtroom Drama