Bottom Line: This has got to be one of Harrison Ford’s best films.
Directed by: Peter Weir
Starring: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas
Shocking drama/thriller from director Peter Weir and actor Harrison Ford tells of an Amish boy who witnesses a murder in the restroom. When police officer John Book (Ford) becomes aware of this, he cuts immediately to interrogating the bow of what he saw. He asks the boy to try and find one of the two men he saw involved in the crime. This takes a while, but once the boy settles on someone, he is in no way dubious.
To say the least, WITNESS was a very tense film. It wasn’t an action flick, but nearly every moment guarantees pounding pulse and racing hearts.
So we’ve seen Harrison Ford as an adventurous archaeologist, the President, Chewbacca’s best bud…now a cop? Hmm. What next, a marine? Like all roles, Ford performed well, but he stood out in this film especially.
The best thing about WITNESS is Peter Weir’s directing. He cues cutaways, pans, and surprise shots just when we least expect them (or most hope for them). And that’s just part of what makes this a good film to remember.