Written and directed by Chloe Domont, Justice it follows a family’s descent into the depths of hell through job promotion. The film stars Phoebe Dynevor, Alden Ehrenreich and Eddie Marsan.
Justice it starts at a party where the audience is hanging out for Donna Summer. At the center of it all is Emily (Dynevor) smoking a cigarette. She is in a relationship with Luke (Ehrenreich) and she steals him to go with him as soon as possible. However, she soon realizes that she has started her period. In the melee of trying to clean it up, the ring falls out of his pocket on the floor which Emily finds. He said he would surprise her by marrying her, and she quickly agreed.
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They all work in the same office and have the same financial responsibilities. It’s a place full of busy bodies talking, trading, yelling, crying and doing whatever they can to get the job done. One of their bosses has been fired and, as a result, they vandalize the office with a golf club.
One night Emily is invited to join her boss Rory at a nightclub for drinks but when she arrives Rory is gone and head honcho Campbell is there. He talks to her about her career, from being a reporter at 17 to climbing the corporate ladder two years after graduating from Harvard.
After returning home from the meetings, Emily is happy. Seeing his reaction makes Luke think he’s been beaten, when he’s lifted above him. He compliments her but his eyes say something else. He offers to help her get a promotion, although she prefers to do so on her own terms. As the conflict grows between the two, we wonder if this promotion will improve their relationship, or if gender sensitivity and dangerous masculinity will destroy it.
It is well known that the main reason for divorce and the end of the relationship is money. Between Luke and Emily, his position is the cause of their disconnection. Only his friend is in his corner as his bosses don’t like his work, and now he has the pressure of his friend who constantly reminds him of his failure. Desperate to help Luke get noticed by older women, Emily puts her career on the line. As the only woman who has some power at work, being abusive can ruin everything.
Their quarrel begins with a verbal abuse, but eventually escalates into violence. Do they want to interfere with each other’s work? The corporate world is a beast. Bosses will praise you one minute and push you over the edge the next. How do two people in the same job, in the same office, earn money? Is it even possible?
Domont’s writing addresses several topics at once. One looks at the evolution of this relationship, another at how the power of responsibility destroys whether you are male or female and the third asks, “What sacrifices are worth the price of grief?” As the conflict between the two reaches its climax, it becomes clear to the audience that the two characters are deeply confused. Luke thinks his friend got the job by promoting him to the top, and tells him he’s not good enough over and over again. They lie repeatedly to each other, to other people, with great encouragement.
The tension that this movie put me through is criminal, but that’s mostly due to Dynevor’s and Ehrenreich’s great performances. They are committed to creating a very negative, hostile environment, with mental fog that permeates every aspect of these people’s lives. It’s amazing that these actors didn’t break out the blood vessels with screams, floods, and facial expressions. Domont’s dialogue is unchanging. The things these two people say to each other bounce off the screen, between your ears, and around your brain as you sit in the audience enjoying what you just heard.
Justice It wasn’t supposed to be nearly two hours, though. The cool 15 minutes could have been cut at the end because, as Luke and Emily continue to go back and forth, the film begins to lose its luster and enter into impossible territory.
However, this Wall Street they meet Blue Valentine The psycho-sexual drama left me feeling battered and tired – and satisfied with the ride. Make sure you have cups to sit in Justice as it is and dangerous. My goodness, I pray that I never witness anything like this in real life. It was hard to watch in the stadium!
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