Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  129 min.
Release Date: November 22, 2017
DVD: February 13, 2018
Blu-ray: February 13, 2018
Digital: January 30, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.72
based on 40 votes and 16 reviews
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Cast: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo


Roman J. Israel (Denzel Washington) has spent most of his career as a silent partner in a law firm that specializes in criminal cases and pro-bono work, helping out those worst off in Los Angeles. Roman does most of the legal work behind the scenes while his partner, William Jackson, does all of the courtroom arguing. 

When something happens to Jackson, Israel is forced to handle the cases. The loss of his partner leads to many changes around the firm and Israel finds himself in a world completely foreign to him. In an attempt to get back to his roots as a young activist, he tries to help a non-profit, but learns he’s out of touch with the issues youth now face. This realization brings him into a world darker than he expected.

Director: Dan Gilroy
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Denzel Washington, Todd Black, Jennifer Fox
Screenplay: Dan Gilroy
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  • 5 stars "I do not think Mr. Denzel Washington's performance is underrated because he is black. Denzel is an excellent actor. I am sure he is well respected and he draws patrons of all races in to the theater, because he appeals to all people. I try to see all of his movies on the big screen. Denzel's acting ability is versatile in my opinion. Mr. Washington is a role model, being a successful black man, a loving husband, and a successful actor, director and producer. And he is a genuinely nice human being, basing this on all I have read, and observed on TV and in person once. I wrote the review on November 25, 2017, beginning with: I waited a few days before writing this review. For me, it could have been that the writing for that character role and or the performance based on the writing for that role did not add up or strayed off course. Coupled with I know a thing or two about the topics the character depicted, which did not add up. The end of the movie was sad but also powerful. And I like the review posted on February 7, 2018, because the rater's perspective on what the movie was about is insightful. I am giving 5 stars today because it is Black History Month and Mr. Denzel Washington is an excellent Black History Month Role Model, and an excellent actor."
  • 5 stars "This is not just a Black History Month story, or a story about Civil Rights, or the people portrayed (based I assume on a composite, or actual historical persons). It's a morality tale about Selling Out vs. doing the right thing, most pertinent to our times right now. There are many subtleties in the script and acting that were, I guess, not perceived by most of the reviewers. I wanted to watch it again, buy the DVD to watch it many times, right after leaving the theater. Denzel Washington's performance is also, maybe because he's black, underrated."
  • 5 stars "Its just a little over a month since the movie came out. l was gonna take my mom to see it today but it isn’t playing anywhere in the state of Michigan. WTF!!! l don’t go by others bad reviews of any movie. People loved Justice League, Thor Ragnarock and the new Star Wars movies, l thought they all were subpar. Why did this movie vanish?"