60/60 Extra: Primal Fear.

Note: I'll be writing this in a Short Review format.


Premise: A no-nonsense lawyer takes on the case of a disturbed alter boy accused of murdering a priest, but things aren't quite what they appear to be.

Starring: Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney, and Frances McDormand.

My Reaction: This was a good little thriller. This was one of the only films this month I didn't know the twist for (though Jason nearly spoiled it for me about 30 minutes before it was revealed). The acting is pretty dang good. The story is interesting, though almost too bloated. There are a couple side stories that fortunately tie into the main one, so they aren't too extraneous. Overall a really good film. The film bordered on too predictable and slightly cliche, but the last 15 minutes or so really does make up for most of it. Good stuff.

I Am McLovin!

(P.S. That's a strong rating. I almost went one higher, but I just didn't feel overall too strongly for it outside the ending. I'd definitely watch it again, though. Another viewing could get a stronger reaction from me--totally possible.)


  1. Definitely one of the better endings to a movie that I've seen. I'd probably rank it up there near The Usual Suspects for me.

    I did really enjoy the movie, though. Thought it was a nice little thriller.

    Edward Norton is the best part of this movie. I thought his performance in this movie was great. Possibly the best debut performance I've ever seen.

  2. Glad you liked it. I was curious to hear the reaction from someone watching this for the first time who knows full-well who Edward Norton is and the range he's capable of.

    I saw this right when it first came out on video, when Edward Norton was still unknown. As a result, I took his character on face value (in a way I never would if portrayed by a "name" actor), leaving me completely blind-sided by the ending.


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