Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Judge (2014)

A solid cast come together for what is nothing more than a predictable, standard courtroom family drama. Fortunately for it, I watched it immediately after watching 'The Best of Me', meaning I was a little more tolerant towards it.

Robert Downey Jr. plays Hank Palmer, the lawyer version of Robert Downey Jr., who makes a lot of money doing what he does. But he is forced to return home when he is informed his mother has passed away. Off he heads to the small rural town he originated from, but there is some tension between him and his father (Robert Duvall). They've never got on but now they have to overcome the past after Hank's father is accused of a hit-and-run murder. Leading to courtroom stuff and family bonding. There are also some other sub plots thrown in just because the film wants to take up more than two hours of your time.

There is nothing new on offer here, just a hackneyed plot and characters lacking in any interest, weight, or impact. The cast cannot do much to lift the material, though Downey Jr. does provide a couple of fleetingly amusing moments. That's all there really is to say about the film. It's not terrible, more just a poor, uninspired nonentity.

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