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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    "It was like we were dancing, Marty!"

    It's the same old song with a new step in its dance, my friend. "Primal Fear" has a fine story for those who like the classic courtroom dramas - the left turn and sudden drop at the end makes it slightly more compelling than most movies of its kind; but it's not the plot that makes it an impressive film.

    Despite the line-up of exceptional stars like Richard Gere or Laura Linney, it's the fresh-faced Edward Norton that really makes this movie enjoyable. As Aaron/Roy, it was so real to watch him struggle with his personalities as they switched and eventually blurred. You felt sorry for him, you believed in him and you even applaud his performance regardless of the story's conclusion; he stole your attention for every scene he was in and you remembered him when it was over. He shined.

    Both Gere and Linney did a job well done, but unfortunately, possibly because of the story line, it was difficult for them to develop as memorable characters. Gere is a talented yet selfish lawyer and Linney is an intelligent rival with a cold attitude. They have a past with each other and in the present they can only butt heads. Their chemistry was obvious but their relationship was cliche.

    There is equal handful of pros and cons for this movie, and all in all it is entertaining, but if you would really like a good reason to watch it, watch it for Edward Norton. This is certainly one of his best performances and my only disappointment for this movie was that he wasn't recognized by the Academy for his role in it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    "Primal Fear" Immediately Grabs Your Attention

    "Primal Fear" has a wonderful plot full of twists and turns. The entire cast is excellent, but I think Edward Norton is amazing! At the time I watched this film, I did not know that this was Norton's debut on camera. His portrayal of the teen from Kentucky, accused of murder, was full of excellent nuances that made his character very believeable. Other cast members include Richard Gere as the defense attorney, Laura Linney as the prosecuting attorney, and Frances McDormand as a psychologist who analyses Norton's character for many hours. These cast members are also excellent. The film's ending is....definitely memorable!

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