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Star Chamber, The

Reviewed By Rob Gonsalves
Posted 04/05/07 12:49:12

"Hyams at his best."
4 stars (Worth A Look)

After perpetrating 'Outland,' Peter Hyams made up for it with this excellent, intelligent almost-thriller.

Michael Douglas is a California judge who’s let too many sleazebags walk on technicalities. Noticing how disgusted Douglas has become with the system, an older fellow judge (Hal Holbrook) initiates him into a group of bitter justices who track down unjustly freed criminals and have them killed. Though this sounds like a reactionary fantasy, it isn’t just a thinking person’s Death Wish; the film does a neat reversal and, through Douglas’ troubled conscience, demonstrates that vigilante justice is as flawed and wrong-headed as the system itself.

Outstanding performances across the board — particularly Douglas, who might even be better here than he was in Wall Street — make this potentially dull movie (there’s not much action) crackle.

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