The Firm was a
gigantic box-office success
when it opened in 1993 and it was a hugely popular thriller that wowed
audiences with its surprisingly entertaining high quality ambitions.
stars Tom Cruise as Mitch McDeere, and the setup involves his character
offered a high paying job with a firm that should help to provide him
wife Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn) the most wonderful upper-class lifestyle
imaginable. Mitch agrees to the job and with the offer comes a nice
and everything else he could have hoped would be tied into a neat bow.
Unfortunately, not everything is as it seems with the firm and a spiral
could only be found in a breathless thriller like this one begins to
for Mitch and Abby.
acting in The Firm is uniformly excellent from all lead
players, and each
actor demonstrates immense skill in bringing this story to life. Tom
arguably at the top of his game here. He brings a sense of innocence to
role that makes his character easy for audiences to connect to on an
level. As the situation becomes increasingly outrageous and downright
Mitch, Cruise elevates the intensity of the performance as only an
actor of his
caliber could. Jeanne Tripplehorn is equally important to the
the film, and is excellent as the wife Abby, who sees the potential
the firm but accepts Mitch's ambitions because of her immense love for
performance is frequently subtle with a great emphasis on acting in a
downplayed manner - one that brings more emotions to the surface than
have been a part of the character otherwise. Supporting actors such as
Hackman, Ed Harris, and Holly Hunter deliver superb performances in
help to elevate the material to thrilling heights.
pacing of the film is crucial to its ultimate success. The film begins
non-threatening and lighthearted tone that carries the early moments of
story into darker territories later on. This has as much to do with the
excellent script by screenwriters David Rabe, Robert Towne, and David
as it does with the immense craftsmanship of the direction by Sydney
Audiences absolutely responded favorably to the thriller aspect of this
and it is clear that the reason why involved a delicate approach given
making The Firm. While the original book by John Grisham was
well-crafted there are differences in the film script that some may
Award nominated score by Dave Grusin matches the tone set by each scene
great effectiveness, and still sounds just as wonderful today. Grusin
classic thriller score that deserves accolades of recognition.
an exciting film that is
sure to please audiences today with its excellent storytelling approach
great cast. This is the kind of entertaining film that can be watched
without showing its age. This is something of a classic that belongs in
collection of dedicated film fans.
finally received a Blu-ray
release. This Paramount catalogue title has received a new digital
which presents the film in 1:78:1, close to matching the original
theatrical presentation. The AVC encoded 1080p transfer is a huge
over the previous DVD edition. The colors and contrast have been
dramatically and it is a pleasure to finally see the film receive an
presentation. Clarity is quite strong. Film grain is kept, but remains
minimum. This transfer does not appear to have suffered from DNR,
there are some instances of slight edge enhancement that doesn't affect
overall presentation. The Firm has
never looked as impressive as it does on this Blu-ray release.
featured in this review are from the DVD release and do not represent
Definition Blu-ray picture quality.
5.1 surround sound Dolby TrueHD
audio presentation is a nice step up over the standard mix included on
previous DVD release. The biggest benefit of the mix is the music
sounds well represented on this release. Dialogue is clean, clear, and
understand. Surrounds are not used to a high degree (other than to
the great score), but this release retains the sound design
Digital 5.1 surround sound is included for French and Spanish speakers.
Subtitles are included in English (for the dead and hard of hearing),
Spanish, and Portuguese.
hasn't put together any new extras for this Blu-ray release. It's an
unfortunate aspect to the overall quality of the release. The DVD only
the teaser and theatrical trailers and this Blu-ray release contains
exact trailers in 1080p High Definition.
the most entertaining thrillers of the 1990's. Tom Cruise delivered one
finest performances and it was no surprise that he helped carry this
film into box office success. Sydney Pollack, an Oscar winning
delivered one of his finest and easiest to enjoy films. While the lack
substantial bonus materials is disappointing the high quality of the
presentation make this a Blu-ray release well worth owning. Highly
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.