Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)


Roman J. Israel, Esq. is set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when his mentor, a civil rights icon, dies. When he is recruited to join a firm led by one of the legendary man’s former students – the ambitious lawyer George Pierce (Colin Farrell) – and begins a friendship with a young champion of equal rights (Carmen Ejogo), a turbulent series of events ensue that will put the activism that has defined Roman’s career to the test.

~ Official Movie Website


I love Denzel, well to be more truthful, my feeling probably originate more from lust. I like to say I have seen every movie of Denzel’s, so there was no question that I have been wanting to see this movie. Another thing going for this movie was the law genre, of which I have always been a big fan since L.A. Law television show, but yet remains unexplained.

I thought Denzel was excellent as Roman J. Israel, Esq. His definitive portrayal of Roman was spectacular. I even identified with his unwillingness to change his processes.

That alone, though, was not enough for me to “like” this movie. The conscientious conflict that Roman creates for himself was obvious, but the movie focused  – too much in my opinion – on the inner dilemma, which does not portray well on screen, especially, as I decided Roman seemed a bit autistic – for lack of a better word – with savant capabilities.

My overall impression was that this movie failed to entertain, tedious story telling, leaving me bored and unimpressed.

Ah, I forgot to mention Mr. Farrell, whom I also lust. He was clothed the whole time, and I did not like the character he portrayed, which in itself, represents good acting to me.

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Sevensynopsis

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

~ Magnificent Seven


Denzel <3 Vengeance <3

I loved the original and I love this remake, which could only have been better on the big screen.