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]
Branch Call Number: DVD Roman
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 09, 2018

Denzel-- oh Yeah! okay -- re.the plot. Ridiculous plot holes that would be super easy to fix. Again, this is an example of the theory that any man can write a better screen play than any woman. Meaning:any man can write a better hollywood male fantasy better than any woman -- got to keep that narrative going guys!
Any women writer, such as Toni Morrison, could write a better screenplay than this, obviously.

Sep 03, 2018

Films where the protagonist appears in every scene can be difficult, especially for the starring actor. In this case, Denzel Washington delivers an Oscar caliber performance as does Colin Farrel, who's "American" accent is flawless as is his ability to balance the high power lawyer with compassion. Personally I'm happy to see a film that doesn't rely on effects or violence; instead we get a compelling story, fine acting and direction resulting in an enjoyable, engaging experience. That's what film is truly about in my humble opinion.

Sep 03, 2018

As usual, an interesting and thoughtful performance by Denzel and a necessary message about staying true to your beliefs even at this time when it seems no one any longer does so.

Aug 28, 2018

I decided to get it for Denzel, he did a great job, as usual but kinda of a long drawing movie. I am still trying to remember who he gave his card to in the beginning.

Aug 09, 2018

Very well done from story to music. The actors really step it up, working outside of the stereotype. Fighting the good fight is still worth it, even with all your faults. Love the story

Aug 07, 2018

Very interesting to read the comments below that thought so little of this one. I thought it was a good movie if not fantastic. I think it showed how much can be accomplished if one stays true to ones belief's and principles and how unhappy one will be if one strays from those beliefs and principles.

Jul 23, 2018

How can such a talented cast make such a BAD movie??? At the end, my husband and I were both asking ourselves what-the-heck it was even about.

Jul 22, 2018

Written and directed by Dan Gilroy in 2017, this American legal drama depicts the life of Roman J. Israel, Esq. who finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a personal crisis and the necessity for extreme action.
The script seems ill-contrived.
Even a great director could make a bad script into a good movie.
It turns out to be a flop.
What a pity employiong a great actor on this bloody nonsense protagonist.
Don't waste your time on this.

Jun 26, 2018

I enjoyed it - loved the protagonist's fall, rise, fall again, and ultimate rise just before the conclusion of the film. It was good to see a character who is not flawless but eventually finds his way even if it costs him.

Jun 12, 2018

Good acting by Washington and Farrell but the story of a lawyer with Asperger's was not as interesting as it first sounded.

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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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