A Murder of Crows (1998)

Everything is nicely resolved in this mystery/crime drama. It's too bad since it could have been far more dramatic and interesting if things didn't get tied up so nicely - the story is quite clever.

A New Orleans lawyer gets a conscience and subsequently is disbarred. He moves to Florida to write a novel when out of the blue, an old man shares with him a novel manuscript about a man who murders lawyers. When the old man unexpectedly dies, the lawyer peddles the book as his own yielding consequences from the true facts in the novel.

The film was made for the masses, offering little cerebral tension, but Cuba Gooding Jr. shares some life lessons that lend a modicum of meaning to the film. As a mystery, it works on the same level as a good Agatha Christie film.

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