Matthew McConaughey is one of the most recognized actors of today. On November 4th he turns a year older as it is his birthday. Out of all the movies that he has made, I find 1996’s A Time To Kill to be one of his stellar performances.
When his ten year old daughter is brutally beaten, raped, and left for dead by two racists Carl Lee Hailey takes the law into his own hands by shooting them dead. Knowing that he is going to be arrested the trial of the century in the Canton, Mississippi begins with him in the center of it all. Carl has retained Jake Brigance as his attorney to represent him. However, Jake finds himself being attacked by members of the Ku Klux Klan, as the local chapter got reactivated after being dormant for several years. After several threats, Jake sends his wife and daughter out of town. In the meantime, Jake has found help with pro-bono legal aid, a trusted fellow attorney, and his mentor Lucien Wilbanks. Even though, Jake is able to break ground in the courtroom representing Carl Lee there are still threats surrounding everyone in this case. On top of it all, the local district attorney Rufus Buckley, has been relentless in his pursuit of power. The only question for Jake is, will he be able to pull it off in the end?
Matthew McConaughey is a recognizable face in Hollywood. Many people are able to recognize him today as a well respected actor. In the 1996 film A Time to Kill, he is able to prove why he is a actor deserving of praise.