Above-Average Courtroom Thriller
"Jagged Edge" is a representative species of the "courtroom thriller"
category. It has all the classic ingredients: A lawyer dedicated to
save his defendant whom he stubbornly believes is innocent against all
appearances, a heartless DA who is willing to bend the rules a little
bit to achieve his goals, a small idyll between the protagonists, and
the necessary murder, suspense and chill.
So, apart from being representative, is "Jagged Edge" good? The answer
to this question is a qualified yes. Glenn Close delivers a nice
performance as attorney Teddy Barnes, while the performances of Jeff
Bridges and Peter Coyote are simply satisfactory as defendant Jack
Forrester and DA Thomas Krasny respectively. The plot keeps us
wondering whether Forrester did actually commit the murders or not
until the very end, but in my opinion at least, things turn out to be
rather predictable despite the scriptwriter's best intentions. Add to
that a slightly above-average direction, and the jury is out with an
overall 6/10 for the film..
Formulaic courtroom drama/murder mystery fare with good acting/directing, but sloppy writing. Annoying "twist" at the end, too. And horrible child actors.
A pretty formulaic courtroom drama/murder mystery with some decent acting
and good photography. The writing is unfortunately where the film sags.
None of the characters have nearly enough depth, though they are (just
barely) saved particularly well by the grace of the actors who portray
The twist at the end was also far too predictable, but in one of those
daytime soap opera sort of ways where you think to yourself "could that be
what's going to happen? No, no...the writer wouldn't be that asinine."
then when it turns out the writer IS that asinine, you roll your eyes and
change the channel.
The movie basically throws everything in your face that you've been
subjected to over the course of the film, but in such a heavy-handed "NO
DUH" sort of way, that you can't help but wonder if the writer conceived
script while suffering a concussion.
I personally think the writing would've been cleverer if the character who
gets it at the end wasn't who Glenn's character pretty much thought it was
going to be by that point. It would've made for a far better ending, and
far more plausible one at that.
Oh yeah, and there's some pretty irritating child actors in this