I was intrigued about this movie when we were shown one of its scene in one of our corporate trainings. The topic was negotiation. And the scene (very important in the movie!) was for negotiation by intimidation, body language, eye contact and confidence. Julia Roberts is bomb in this particular scene, I think she deserved the Oscar she got for this movie for this and this scene alone.
The movie is a real life story based on the infamous Hinkley contamination incident by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Erin Brockovich played by Julia Roberts plays a single, out of job mother of three children. Circumstances led her to become a legal assistant. She somehow get involved in the Hinkley case. Even though she doesn’t hold any law degree, she handles the case superbly uncovering secrets on the way, making relationships and bringing everything to a logical end.
Considering the case was a high profile one with quite a bit written about it, one might wonder how would the movie retain the surprise element. But just out your fears to rest, the movie will literally keep you on your toes. Some of the scenes will give you goosebumps and many are a tear jerkers. Confrontational scenes between legal teams of Erin and PG&EC are absolute magic. With dialogues, I am sure would have drawn quite a bit of seetis in a desi theatre.
Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovich is the heart and soul of this movie. That oscar speaks for itself. Also kudos to the real Erin Brockovich for giving her everything to this case, and bringing the people of Hinkley to justice. The movie will really open up your eyes on how big corporations don’t really give a damn about the harm they bring about to the environment and the people in it.
Overall verdict – A fantastic, unmissable, once in a lifetime kinda movie.
Disclaimer: The above review solely illustrates the views of the writer.