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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.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
Call Number: DVD F ROMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Apr 13, 2021

I enjoyed this movie completely. It is a story about two people (complete opposites) who learn from each other and become a team that could do great things. Sadly one was killed, but the other was able to finish the good that was begun. I think that both Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell (who seems to have been forgotten by everybody else) played their parts perfectly and worked wonderfully together.

Feb 01, 2020

Denzel plays against type as a plump, socially awkward man with moral convictions.
But gradually the story veers off in a tangent when it seems no bad deed goes unnoticed.
Despite the potential in the setup, there's overall low dramatic energy.

Aug 24, 2019

Put on a new suit and a pair of soft-skinned loafers and the odd-ball-lawyer-dunce with the 'Parkinson's-of-the-head' just disappears into vapor. His zoot-suit is gone, he stops grinning with a protruding over-bite, the stuttering vanishes, AND BAM! his vocabulary and diction erupt in a Denzel-Washington-ivy-league kind of dialogue while all of a sudden, he can quote the law dictionary while eating a donut. Give me a break, this is no spiritual epiphany that the writer's wanted to convey. Hollywood is NOT spiritual. Demonic, yes. It's another boring, disconnected, empty shell without merit.

Jul 15, 2019

Good movie..Denzel is great as usual. The story tries to make a point and make you think, but has many loose ends...but still a good movie.

Jun 27, 2019

I like Denzel as an actor. Wasn't entertained by the story. Lawyer's already have a bad reputation. The last thing I want to watch in my spare time is a mentally unstable lawyer working & having negative effect in maintaining justice.

Jun 23, 2019

A compelling character masterfully portrayed by Denzel but the script was woefully incomplete. Gosh knows, the plea bargain extortion scheme infecting US law is real and merits urgent radical reform, but the writers here just not up to the job of elucidating that or explaining plausibly how the protagonist would fall so easily from grace. Writing rule no. 1: Never surprise the audience.

May 20, 2019

I believe this movie was written and produced for those who understand how difficult it is to stay aligned with your true self and purpose on earth when times are constantly changing and there are multiple ideologies to decipher. Those that thought he was crazy are those who didn't understand him or his message and beliefs. He was only "crazy" because he was fighting against the pressures of the world and himself to remain the same. I enjoyed this movie because it was not drawn out yet had a powerful, clear message. I do not think there was a need to add much detail to this story line. I believe the writers purposefully made the plot concise as to keep the message clear. I believe this movie was produced strictly to spark conversation, giving viewers the invocation to add detail to the message that was conveyed in the film. I give the movie four stars because the ending was an anticipated one but five stars for the straight-to-the-point message, as I am a person that appreciates brief messages. This is a movie I would have loved to write about in an English class while I was in college.

Apr 02, 2019

This movie was just so-so IMO. Denzel acted well enough, but the story lacked energy and depth and ended as I anticipated.

Mar 23, 2019

What a waste of the talent of Denzel Washington. He plays a legal savant who totally out of character makes a bad choice to get money. The story did not hold together. Still love Denzel, but not this movie!! Cannot recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Mar 23, 2019

I really enjoyed this movie i can really relate to this movie. Best line in the movie is when Roman says Am tired of trying to do the impossible for the ungrateful.

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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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