With tension and action on two levels, Class Action is a dramatic, riveting, well-performed court room drama. This is nota Perry Mason simple story, but one will framed around a Class Action taken by Gene Hackman for 138 clients who have been hurt due to a defect in the 1985 car mad by the Argo company.
With a bit of conspiracy like in The China Syndrome, along with Tension between Mary (Elizabeth Mastrantonio) and her father, Hackman, due to his womanizing while she was growing up, they take opposite sides in the Argo case, Mastrantonio defending the company and Hackman trying to prove the company at fault when the cars caught fire during accidents.
Hackman is a proven Academy Award winner (The French Connection). Mastrantonio, with this role, shows just how good an actress she is. The tension between the two is always just below the surface. Love and affection show, but the anger and competition suppress the natural father/daughter relationship. Each displays the mixed emotions through body language and facial expression,
The battle of ethics in big business and the difficulty of judicial remedy play well along side the tension between the two leading characters. There is a good side to cheer for and a sufficient twist to keep your interest. This is a good one.