Erin Brockovich (2000)

Starring: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Marg Helgenberger

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

R. 131mins.

Superb. For something that began from a worn-out premise, Erin Brockovich could easily have turned into another sob-story – thankfully, it will surprise even the toughest sceptics. Finney and Roberts deliver some of the most memorable performances of their careers and the fact that this inspirational story stems from an actual case makes it all the more effective. The film is the story of Erin (Julia Roberts), a single mother of three who has recently suffered an injury and out of desperation, asks her lawyer Ed (Albert Finney) to give her a job at his firm because she feels that he owes her something since they didn’t win her case. Ed gives her a job as a file clerk and Erin happens to come across some disturbing files that indicate the systematic poisoning of a small town’s water-supply by Pacific Gas & Electric. Erin is a tough cookie and after all her struggles she becomes passionately involved in this case because she feels that she has finally found something she is good at. The legal drama documents the true story of how one small firm helped win the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit. It’s an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end and a triumph for Soderbergh as he’s managed to create one of the most endearing film heroines in recent years. Roberts Oscar win is well-deserved – * * * * *

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