Stars: Jim Caviezel, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 115 minutes
A welcomed reunion of Kiss the Girls costars Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman makes High Crimes a worthwhile thriller with vivid, likable characters. Efficiently directed by Carl Franklin, this military mystery doesn't have the unpredictable edginess of Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress, but its twisting plot is sure to hold anyone's attention. Judd plays a successful, happily married lawyer whose husband (Jim Caviezel) is accused of killing innocent citizens during his military service in El Salvador some 13 years earlier. A cover-up implicates a powerful Brigadier General (Bruce Davison), but when Judd hires a maverick attorney (Freeman), Judd is caught in a potentially lethal trap of threats and deception. Attentive viewers will stay ahead of the action, and alleged villains are posed as obvious decoys. Still, Judd and Freeman have an appealing rapport (shared with Amanda Peet, playing Judd's vivacious sister), and Freeman's character flaws add worldly spice to yet another rich performance. --Jeff Shannon
Doesn't it make more sense that some of those alleged witnesses were ordered to lie on their CID statements?
They were NOT ordered to lie.
How do you know?
I would know if something like that happened to my men.
And if something like that happened to your men you would tell us.
Of course. I wouldn't lie about it.
But major, you were trained and often compelled to lie about your clandestine missions. As I understand it, you're trained to beat a polygraph. Is it true you possess that talent?
I'd only use it if interrogated by the enemy, ma'm.
That's good to know. So tell me this major, do you consider me a friend?