Strong performance by Bai Ling and the music score carries t
Petit Prince | 06/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw the last half of this movie on thisTV but found out it was out of print so I bought a used copy. While the subject matter is a political hot potato, this was a pretty good "made in Hollywood" movie, especially Bai Ling's performance as the female lawyer who steps in to defend Richard Gere from false charges - at first believing him to be guilty and then growing to see that he is innocent. The other thing that adds to the emotional depth of the movie is the beautiful music score. For these two reasons alone it is worth getting a copy of this movie."
Underrated Political/Courtroom Drama
Craig Connell | Lockport, NY USA | 04/14/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For about a dozen years, it was hard to find too many films Richard Gere made which weren't interesting and well-made. This was no exception. Once again, he "delivers the goods" and is involved in an interesting story.
Gere, a follower, I believe, of the Dalai Lama whom the Communists forced out of Tibet, uses this film to get his shots in at his mentor's enemy. Anyone who thinks this is just a coincidence is pretty naive. Nonetheless, the facts support the film's stark, brutal portrayal of Communist China's leadership. At the very least, it shows a regime unwilling to hear both sides of a story. (Hollywood has often given the same treatment to the U.S. government, showing it more often in a corrupt light, which is ludicrous compared to restrictive Communist China.)
Anyway, Gere really dominates this film, being in almost every scene. This is your basic frameup-then-prove-your-innocence courtroom story. It keeps your attention throughout although I thought the ending was a bit confusing because things happened almost too fast for the viewer to take in. At two hours, the film could have been trimmed a tad but the lulls in here were not much.
Overall, an underrated film and unjustly criticized by the national critics, most of whom don't like it when communism is bashed."