Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

By Dan Gilroy

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2017-11-17
  • Advisory Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2h 2min
  • Director: Dan Gilroy
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99


Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a dramatic thriller set in the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is disrupted when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.



  • Compelling and Timely

    By Kimberlg
    Charisma vs. courage. Purity vs. pragmatism. How committed are we to our convictions? Some of the dichtomies and questions beautifully posed in Roman J. Israel, Esq. Elevated by an indelible, gut-wrenching performance by Denzel Washington, and surpisingly nuanced turn from Colin Farrell. You should watch it.
  • Good Movie

    By Purple Butterfly59
    Denzel Washington never ceases to amaze me! This was a good movie, however, I give it a 3 star rating for the profanity. I got lost in some scenes and I was trying to figure out whether he was an Autistic Savant because Denzel was brilliant in this movie, but weird.
  • Don't Like Gilroy

    By brslc
    Not a good director
  • R z

    By Call giant
  • Amazing

    By luhdanick
    Had me in tears. 😭
  • Flawed Film but Denzel Shows Up Again

    By Felix Knowhere
    I enjoyed this film and thought Denzel’s performance was fantastic; it was very nuanced and insular. He plays a man who through external circumstances has to wrestle with his moral code it in the face of discouragement and a very broken legal system. It doesn’t quite have the punch that Michael Clayton did but it’s well worth a watch if only to appreciate Denzel’s Oscar-worthy performance.
  • Brilliant!

    By Fcalfo
    Brilliant writing, cinemetography, and acting! I was completely engrossed in the story from start to finish. One of Denzel's best. A very creative, delightful film to watch.
  • Very flat movie

    By Rambo8649
    The acting is excellent, but the movie is poorly written..its very flat and meaningless. I think there was a tremendous amount of potenial here, very unfortunate.
  • Ideals and Internal Conflict

    By matsonmw
    Those who judge this movie as lacking have no capacity for internal self-reflection or depth. The main character has lived a life full of principle and faces what his life is worth towards the end and doesn't understand or accept the outcome. Only through different choices and their consequences can he come to terms with the choices of his past, and through that, find meaning. It's a great movie for those with souls, but not for the shallow masses.
  • Excellent Study of Idealist's Battles with His World and With Himself

    By NorthernHarrier
    This is a movie about an idealist his struggles against a world that values money and contentment more than it values justice. More importantly, it is also a movie about an idealist's struggles against the characteristics of his personality and his personal needs as a human being as he tries to hold himself to the ideals he professes. Roman Israel is a difficult person who makes people uncomfortable - yet he also has admirably held himself to maintain a level of integrity in upholding certain values in his professional work in a consistant way. The movie shows how Roman is tested and both fails and succeeds in maintaining that integrity as life puts unexpected obstacles and opportunities in his path. Denzel Washington holds the movie together in an excellent performance. Colin Ferrell is also excellent as a slick, more commercially-oriented lawyer who is one of several people irritated and inspired by Roman Israel as the events unfold in the movie. The movie shows how a man most often uncomfortable around other people and awkward in finding a comfortable place in society can also inspire and influence people in a positive way. One note on the revivewers who think the plea bargain system is unfair to defendants, and prosecutors are bad people. I work in a prosecutors office. We see our job as seeing that justice is done to everyone involved and impacted by crime - the defendants as well as the victims of crime and the community as a whole. The pleas offered to defendants are monitored closely not only by supervisors in our office, but by the judges and others in the justice system, as well as the public. It is not possible to "load up charges" that are not consistent with standards set outside our office. Most of the judges are from the defense bar and are very sympathetic to defendants. The people who get arrested in my city (major metropolitan area) think the prosecutors are a joke - they laugh at us because they know we will not charge them with anything serious or ask for any serious penalty unless they commit many serious crimes. Eliminating plea bargains would require a budget for the courts and prosecutors and public defenders so large that citizens would never be willing or able to pay for it all.