Disclosure (1994)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Courtroom Drama, Message Movie  |   Release Date - Dec 9, 1994 (USA)  |   Run Time - 127 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Karl Williams

An excellent cast of solid supporting players and a notable roster of talent behind the scenes transforms a Michael Crichton novel with a questionable premise and some hackneyed plot developments into a sturdy, attractive thriller. While the basic story of the source material doesn't stand up to close scrutiny, director Barry Levinson and screenwriter Paul Attanasio have populated their tale with enough dazzling high-tech gadgetry, office intrigue, and thriller-style convolutions to distract viewers. It's a cinematic shell game to be sure, but it makes for an enjoyable romp of a film. Michael Douglas has become the go-to guy when a big-budget film needs a white-male cultural scapegoat, while Demi Moore shines as an aggressive, manipulative female executive, in marked contrast to her most recent role as a naïve wife in Indecent Proposal (1993). The leads are ably supported by trustworthy character actors such as Dylan Baker, Roma Maffia, Donald Sutherland, and Donal Logue in the service of a story that at times veers into the territory of delightful absurdity. It doesn't all make sense, but Disclosure is a guilty pleasure.