This cowardly and inflammatory story of vigilante justice in a racist Southern town manages to come down squarely on the wrong side of everything. A TIME TO KILL seems to argue that America's racial problems aren't so bad because, even in the heart of bigoted
Mississippi, a black man can
get away with murder.
Hard-working family man Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson) murders the redneck scum who savagely rape and torture his 10-year-old daughter. Local lawyer Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) defends him, on the grounds that accused rapists don't deserve trials -- a justification of lynch-mob
reasoning that ought to raise the hairs on the back of anyo...