Have you ever watched a film that was so incredibly, mind alteringly brilliant that it stayed with you for days, months or even years after it finished? Did it speak to you on a level so deep that you never thought that such a thing could be possible? Everyone has seem a film like that at one time or another in their lives – what was yours?
Mine was Primal Fear; based on a John Grisham novel, it is the story of a young, somewhat naive, almost dim witted young man who is put on trial for the brutal murder of a Catholic bishop. The film deals with the court case and the events which preceded it – namely sexual abuse and corruption within the church. Edward Norton plays the young man, Aaron, and his performance is absolutely flawless, he wraps you up and invites you in to his world in a way that I’ve rarely seen, he is completely convincing.
His lawyer is played by Richard Gere who is best known for his roles in romantic comedies such as Pretty Woman and the Runaway Bride. In this role he is tough and insufferably arrogant but, at the same time, trusting and vulnerable; a difficult combination to pull off for any actor.
I’m not going to spoil this film for you by giving you any more detail, the only thing I will say is that it has a twist at the end which you will not see coming and which will make you doubt and question everything that you’ve seen up until that moment…
If you are looking for a truly great film, Primal Fear is most definitely it!
I’d really love to hear your recommendations so please let me know which films have stayed in your mind and why
Looking forward to it :O)