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The Firm

Hemal Jhaveri November 22, 2022

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This week on Ten Movies:

Whether he’s running from aliens, infiltrating enemy lairs, or breaking the sound barrier, Tom Cruise’s characters are always the best of the best. Here he’s a hotshot young attorney, fresh out of law school, the best of the best. And the boutique Memphis law firm that hires him away from Wall Street? It turns out THEY WORK FOR THE MOB! Dang, it.

Luckily he sorts it all out, via a highly convoluted plot that requires him to run all over Memphis in his suit, being pursued by an albino assassin and a menacing, gun-toting Wilford Brimley. At the same time, Holly Hunter flies to the Cayman Islands and photocopies files at a furious clip. You’d think that part would be dull, but Holly Hunter somehow makes it exciting.

If you like a tense thriller, ‘The Firm’ will be right up your alley. It’s a white knuckler. Brian and Hemal both enjoyed it – and felt that Tom Cruise was going beyond his usual skill set (running! grinning! running!) to give us an honest-to-goodness character.

Even better, this movie is chock-a-block full of terrific character actors, from Holly Hunter’s sassy working-class broad with a heart of gold to David Strathairn’s crookedly wise ex-con to Wilford Brimley with his gun and a scowl. And, of course, the inimitable Gene Hackman as Tom Cruise’s charmingly corrupt mentor wreathed in doom.


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