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"A Time To Kill", Directed By Joel Schumacher, Based On The Novel By John Grisham

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"A Time to Kill" has it all. Disbarred lawyers, Ku Klux members, corrupt police officers, bombs, courtroom drama, fraudulent church preachers, romance and psychiatrists, but most of all, racial tension in the southern states of the USA.Set in the southern Mississippi town of Canton, "A Time to Kill" is about a young, up-coming lawyer Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) who is hired to defend a black man, Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson) who gunned down two young rednecks who kidnapped and viciously raped his 10 year old daughter. His case is made that much harder as he comes up against the ruthless District Attorney Rufus Buckley (Kevin Spacey) who figures that winning this case will be ...view middle of the document...

And Keifer Sutherland's performance as the callous Ku Klux Klan member was exceptional. The acting from the supporting cast was also of a remarkable high-quality.One feature that was utilised very well was camera angles. Almost every time in which the focus was on the District Attorney, Rufus Buckley, low angle camera shots were used to denote a man of authority and power. Whereas, when the camera was on Carl Lee, medium angle or even high angles camera shots were used to imply his helpless situation.One noteworthy scene in A Time to Kill is in the jail cell when Carl Lee is instructing Jake on what to say at the summation. The lighting is very dark, the only light coming from a single light bulb, which is hanging just outside the cell room which indicates that there is hope on the other side of the cell bars. It is also worth mentioning that the cell bars are painted white which shows that he is locked up by white powers. Carl Lee is lying down on his bed, with Jake sitting upright looking down on his client. Carl Lee only sits up when he is informing Jake that they are not friends, they are on opposites sides of the war, and those words have great affect on...

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