This first film adaptation of a John Grisham novel satisfies even though it radically changes the last half of the book. Mitch McDeere, a hot law graduate, finds a dream job in a Memphis law firm. His superiors provide Mitch and his young wife, Abby, with a house and plenty of money in exchange for lots of work, and maybe something more. Soon FBI agents encircle Mitch, telling him his firm has a sinister secret, forcing Mitch into a difficult position. How Mitch deals with his situation is where the book and movie differ, yet by the time Mitch is running from bad guys, the movie delivers Grisham’s goods.
This is an exciting thriller and one of Tom Cruise’s best acting roles. The plot is excellent but what do you expect from John Grisham.