Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Jim Caviezel lead the home team in this story about covert operations, government cover-ups and military trials. High profile criminal lawyer Claire Kubik (Judd) suddenly and unexpectedly discovers her husband Tom (Caviezel) is really a fugitive from military justice. Out of her legal element, Claire seeks the help of former military lawyer and recovering alcoholic Charlie Grimes (Freeman). As Claire and Charlie seek to free Tom, they discover that the truth lies somewhere in the middle of a covert operation cover-up. And things are not always what they seem. Fans of Perry Mason and television’s J*A*G won’t be disappointed and the star power should have plenty of box office pull.
Scenes of the shootings and dead bodies in San Salvador are disturbing but not overly graphic. Although a reformed alcoholic, Charlie falls off the wagon to get information and slides heavily into the bottle. His drunkenness is not condoned, however, drinking by other characters is accepted. One scene in a hotel room shows prostitutes in their underwear and later, Claire’s sister (Amanda Peet) is shown wearing little more than a military jacket. Both scenes imply sexual relations. The major disappointment, as is too often the case, is vocabulary that includes many obscenities and some strong profanity. However, no f-words are heard. Vulgar dialogue and sexual content are major disappointments in HIGH CRIMES.