Runaway Jury

As everyone knows (well, should know) this brilliant court-room drama book by John Grisham has also been made into a movie starring John Cusack (there’s been a lot of him on telly recently; has he died or summat?), Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman (the Real Hoff) and Rachel Weisz.

Now this effort, though commendable is in itself is not remarkable; they are not the first to make a film from a thought-provoking read (ref: Batman). What is noteworthy is that although the book was about the battle between the tobacco companies and the anti-smoking lobby with huge amounts at stake, the film script modified (downsized) this to being about guns, rather than cigarettes. Still an evil, one might say, but not as all-encompassing as the mighty cigarette.

It seems quite likely that the film makers were scared or bullied into changing that detail. Especially as I remember the book contained some vivid anti-smoking scenes, one with a video shown in court of the legal deposition of a man dying from cancer imploring people not to smoke (which any Hollywood producer would jump upon as a definite yes in his movie).

More than anything, what I took away from that movie is the ability of certain groups with vested interests to influence what we see.

On a separate note, I went to last.fm and typed in the name of a band I wanted to listen to (Rush) and they are now playing music similar on my own radio channel!! Including Dreamtheater, Yes, Van Halen, Porcupine Tree, Liquid Tension Experiment, King Crimson, Ozzy, Pink Floyd, Boston, Blue Oyster Cult and more. Try it.

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  1. Yasso

     /  15 January, 2007

    You’re right about batman. I love the deep, intellectual, thought-provoking messages for the masses, hidden carefully in the script so as to not be too obvious at first. But the third time around, something inside me was awakened, and now I KNOW that what I really want is lots of money and a batmobile… so inspiring!
    Y?

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