Movie Review Friday -- A Civil Action
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Discarding bell bottoms and disco shirt for a lawyerly and suit and tie, John Travolta faces off against Robert Duvall in Steven Zaillian’s courtroom drama, A Civil Action. Based on Jonathan Harr’s non-fiction account of a small town’s struggle for environmental justice, the film follows Woburn, Massachusetts residents as they take on a local employer suspected of dumping toxic chemicals and causing several cases of juvenile leukemia.
Travolta plays a personal injury lawyer at first motivated by a thirst for money and fame. Slowly, he finds himself fighting for something more: the truth. As the toxic waters churn, tragedy unfolds and the case becomes personal. A Civil Action highlights the challenge of bringing large corporations to justice--and the hubris of humankind.
-- Review by Hannah Buoye