The Chamber

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DIRECTED BY: James Foley

REVIEWED: 10-16-96

Another one of those damn lawyer books from John Grisham. Gene Hackman is quite good as the racist southern killer on death row being defended by his long-lost grandson (Chris O'Donnell). Despite some good direction and top-notch acting, however, the film falls into the same trap as all lawyer movies (i.e. lawyers are boring to watch). The result is a dramatic, but highly uneven rant against the death penalty. Anyone who doesn't think Hackman's evil, unrepentant racist will repent in time for the weepy ending hasn't seen very many of these flicks.

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