The Client

The Client

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The Client

A thriller is simply something that thrills you, but to do so in a
movie the elements must be shown in such a way that you are intrigued
from the first few minutes to the very last. In 'The Client', such
factors are shown making this film a classified thriller.

The first event of a good thriller must set off the plot, showing
jeopardy and getting you interested in finding out what this movie is
going to be about. At the very start of 'The Client' Mark Sway, a
rebellious teenage boy, stumbles across a suicide, a situation that
gives many conflicts to deal with and involves you in the movie at an
early stage. From here a fast pace of issues arise and develop to
thicken the plot and keep your interest, for instance the main
character Mark is constantly facing his problems, usually related to
the suicide, throughout the movie. This is what sets the fast pace,
makes sure you are always curious and wanting to know what will happen
next. To mystify you need to be hit with something puzzling,
unexpected and original. "She said it was one of the best books she
had ever read, that she couldn't put it down." A comment on a book
review site showing how 'The Client' has an aspect of mystery.

This movie strongly hits you emotionally to sustain a connection that
you think you have with the characters. Issues like an abusive father,
children smoking, single mother, alcoholism recovery, the pressure of
court and the sickness with the family member you will find if you
have had similar issues, you will feel a 'connection'. With this
feeling when there is tension or trouble you are further left worried
about what will happen because you could see how you would be scared
in that situation.

Suspense is when you pause, wait and wonder what is the next point of
action to take place. Throughout the movie there is always pressure
and a demand to unravel, sometimes you seem to think everything will

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even out. Action follows suspense. New facts of corruption or narrow
escapes all frequently turn the plot to create a sense of risky
adventure, what we call 'action'. Characters and details are accrued
so not to overload or clutter these points of action. Taken from
www.amazon.com book and film reviews,"…a really good, fast-paced
movie." "…action packed thriller. Overall, "The Client" was a rush."
Here two reviewers confirm how 'The Client' has the feel of action
inside a thriller.

The three aspects of mystery, suspense and action are key elements to
a thrilling story, this case a movie. All of these elements help make
this thriller what it should do, thrill. This is why 'The Client' is
classified as a thriller.

Tension and suspense points can determine classifications, whether
this movie will become the next blockbuster and whether it will live
up to that was expected. The center of this film is the relationship
between Mark Sway and Reggie Love, his attorney. They get emotionally
involved and dependable with one another ending up with a complex bond
causing troublesome and confusing incidents that makes the story have
the tension and suspense of a good thriller.

Tension is shown throughout the movie, usually with a one on one
aspect. A blatant example is Mark and 'Reverend' Roy Foltrigg along
with his men, hotshot district attorneys going the wrong way to get
information out of Mark. They have an extensive reputation for getting
a good job done fast. They and the cops will go to extreme measures to
get the information but Reggie holds them back fighting for her
client. Mark and Reggie heed to each other when the cops put either of
them into a state of resistance.

Mark hates the FBI for the simple fact that they harp on him for
details, he just wants to be with his mother, Diane and brother, Ricky
who is in a coma. Mark shows a lot of frustration about this situation
with the politicians who fear the young boy will obliterate them with
the information he holds. However, the tension between Mark and the
Mob is different. Mark is aware of his involvement with the Mob but is
not his foremost concern. More so, it's Barry Muldano who is out to
destroy Mark for the information he holds and is agitated because of
the position he is in. If he doesn't finish Mark, he will be finished
by the angry Mob.

Within the Mob itself is tension. Their ex-lawyer committed suicide
and told his story to Mark about how Barry has stashed a man he
murdered, and where the body lies. The cause of this mess is the man
Barry murdered which was count one from father of the Mob, when he
heard a boy knew of the body and its whereabouts the blame was on
Barry and it was him who held the future of the Mob.

Diane Sway, Marks mother is a weak and uncertain person. She is in an
extreme position as a poor single mum with one son in a coma and the
other being hunted down by corrupt gangsters and the FBI. Reggie Love
and Diane both care for Mark and his future so an overprotected mother
and an involved legal rep seem to want different things of Mark. The
uneasiness between the two over Mark is resolved and onwards they work
together uneasily but successfully to protect Mark, Ricky and Diane
herself.

Tension points are shown clear so you can follow what is happening.
There is stillness in tension even if it isn't shown literally. At
times a pause in a cluttered conversation or action on screen shows
tension.

Mark had not heard the car door open and was on his stomach inching
his way over to the black car. Ricky who saw the horror of the fat and
very angry man get out of the door wet his pants from fright dreading
what could happen next. Film can paint a vast picture of sense and
feeling to make you take in what is happening, be a part of the film,
in this case bringing you to a quiet moment of suspense. Looking at
young children in this situation is shocking and what you can feel
from a book can be shown times greater in a movie. Silence but with
what we call creepy sounds, like the trees blowing or just the wind
howling puts you in a mood to be anxious. Lighting of darkness, or
mostly used these days, blue light sends you an eerie message perfect
lighting for suspense and mystery.

When Mark is hiding in the boathouse from Barry and some other thug
the camera swings up to Marks view on the situation below. Then they
look up and there is another moment of great suspense. This time more
intense with the dark light and murky air.

Suspense doesn't have to eerie or scary, just grab you by the throat
and make you worry what will happen. When Mark first meets Reggie,
there is awkwardness when he rejects her. All sounds fade and a
silence and uncertainty come about into the situation. There are many
other technical aspects to look at like music, and character portraits
that help the movie to bring the right effect to the viewer. This
movie did not incorporate enough of this and didn't really combine the
visual and sound together very much.

'The Client' is a powerful dramatic thriller and has more meaning than
what first of all seems. A mind twister but does work out simply like
most mysteries do. It compels your imagination into making up much of
the scenes come to be thriving. The movie pulls you to believe that
corruption, cynicism and complications make this movie what it is, a thriller.
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