The Judgement review: An engaging courtroom drama that needs more finesse

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By Swaroop Kodur

May 24, 2024

Director Gururaj Kulkarni’s The Judgement is a film that is true to its title. It follows a seemingly open-and-shut murder case from beginning to end with an array of participants.

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Very little about this film is unlike what we have encountered in countless other courtroom dramas. But the lure is still hard to resist.

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What works in the film’s favour is writer-director Gururaj Kulkarni’s (also producer) choice to keep the frills away for most parts.

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Keeping the genre conventions intact, the story unfolds almost entirely inside a courtroom and things remain gripping throughout, even urging the audience to get involved.

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Gururaj Kulkarni scores well for the amount of research he infuses into his material. Courtroom thrillers often tend to over-sensationalise their plots and stick to tall monologues.

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What works against The Judgement is the stuttered screenplay, combined with an equally dull visual palette.

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Key junctures in the film take off on a promising note, but they are abruptly nipped in the bud because the writing doesn’t feature the intent that we expect from a courtroom drama.

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Still, The Judgement works for its conviction which cannot be said about many films of late. Give this film a go if you enjoy stories full of intrigue and suspense.

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