A happily married, successful female lawyer is shocked to learn that her husband has a hidden past as a classified military operative, and is accused of committing a heinous war crime. She must wrestle with her own doubts about his guilt as she defends him, with the help of a private investigator, in a top-secret military court where none of the rules she knows so well apply.
Ashley Judd, as a lawyer fighting to clear her husband (Jim Caviezel) of charges stemming from a massacre in El Salvador in the 1980's, is plucky and appealing as ever. For his part, in the role of the disgraced military lawyer who assists her, Morgan Freeman once again proves himself incapable of giving a bad performance. But the two of them are trapped in a courtroom thriller that proceeds from pedestrian to ludicrous. The final twist, effective enough (though not very imaginative) as a piece of suspense plotting, has the unfortunate effect of making everything that has come before utterly nonsensical. — A. O. Scott
2002-04-05 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of High Crimes