Claire Kubik (Ashley Judd) is a successful attorney and her boss is hinting at offering her a partnership. She has a lovely house and a loving husband, Tom (Jim Caviezel). Their idyllic life is shattered when, while out Christmas shopping, they are arrested by heavily armed FBI agents. Claire is released and told that her husband is being held by the military. She is sure that it is a case of mistaken identity but when she goes to visit her husband, at the military base, she realises that things aren’t that simple…
Not long into this military-courtroom story I got the feeling that I had been here before. That’s because High Crimes follows a somewhat tried-and-trusted formula. This means that while the story is well told it is somewhat predictable and there are a lot of clichés. In spite of its faults it is still a good solid story backed up by the acting talents of Judd, Freeman and Caviezel but it just lacks that little inspiration or originality that would make it special. As a thriller it seems to lack those “edge-of-the-seat” moments and it could have benefited from a little more suspense and tension.
Ashley Judd is excellent in her role of Claire Kubik. Her character is in emotional turmoil when her husband is arrested. Her perfect life has just been turned on its head and the high-powered attorney is struggling with feelings of disbelief, distrust, doubt and fear.
Morgan Freeman plays Charlie Grimes, the ex-military attorney who is down on his luck and trying to stay off the drink. A good performance but the character is a little clichéd.
Jim Caviezel is Claire’s husband Tom and he has a deep and moody look about him that fits the character.
Overall an entertaining thriller that’s worth a watch but won’t make a big impression.