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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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.

Apr 15, 2018

Tough to watch but rewarding. Not a light weight film at all. Highly recommended for the thinking person.

BookReviewer2015 Apr 13, 2018

An excellent film! A quirky character who will be remembered.

Apr 05, 2018

The comments below raise Washington's performance as note worthy, and coming in to this I had not appreciated much of what he does. He is kind of always the same.
BUT.... not in this one. Yes- he was brilliant and yes, see this just for his performance!
It was amazing. Such a character (perhaps a bit like one of my brothers... don't tell him I said this)! The story was good, but perhaps a little clunky. Still a good watch.

Mar 28, 2018

Liked this a lot more than Richard Gere's "Norman - The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of A New York Fixer 2017" because the protagonist was one of the rare good LA lawyers before his tragic fall. However, the introverted voice in the legal wasteland just did not inspire even with those biting comments on social activism and our broken justice system. BTW, excellent soundtrack that goes with the film's message.

This movie reminded me of who I am when I forget to be what I was told to be. Broke my heart.

Feb 12, 2018

Denzel was amazing; the movie not. It's not a 4-star movie but Denzel gave a 5-star performance so I split the difference. Colin Farrell was okay but his part could have been done by half a dozen actors of his generation.
There was an abrupt twist which came out of nowhere. The twist had no weight and didn't quite make sense because nothing prepared the viewer. The movie just kind of died from that point on. But just to watch Washington. I love his deeply emotional offbeat roles such as Man on Fire (quite brutal at times), Manchurian Candidate remake (which was better than original), Flight, Malcolm X - well, these are my favorites.

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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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