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Runaway Jury (2003)

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Commentary 1: Director Gary Fleder Rating:8.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Bakersfield on May 2nd, 2016:Find all reviews by Bakersfield
Right from the start Fleder lets the viewer know that he has a lot to say about the movie. After thanking us for buying the DVD he shares his belief that films are made three times - writing, shooting and editing - and reveals that the opening scene with Dylan McDermott is actually based on a real 1999 shooting.

The majority of the commentary is Fleder talking about the actors and their performances, but thankfully it's not a "He's great/she's great" parade, as he is very matter-of-fact and clearly not the type of guy who would easily kiss a$$.

Overall this is actually a pretty straightforward commentary in which Fleder covers not only the actors and the characters, but the locations, the editing, reactions of the preview audiences, and his directorial intentions. It's no secret that during the making of "Runaway Jury" there was quite a bit of tension between Fleder and Brian Koppelman, but there's no mention of that on this commentary.

As expected for a film adaptation, Fleder points out the differences between the script he worked with and the novel by John Grisham. Also, those who are interested in film editing (or how to make sequences more intriguing and intense) will definitely appreciate all the info he delivers on the subject.

So for my money this is a solid commentary. Recommended.
Reviewed by Station51 on May 15th, 2017:Find all reviews by Station51
Reviewed by Station51 on May 15th, 2017:Find all reviews by Station51
Really, really good commentary. A well fleshed out, detailed examination of the film communicated in a clear, cohesive way. ( alliterative! ) Non stop info that seems to have been helped with a pause button to gain sufficient information and edited for momentum resulting in a steady stream of solid information.

I personally prefer some light hearted, humorous storytelling along with the more serious breakdown but in this case its impressive as is.