The Star Chamber is a film that has an interesting premise about moral judgments- how do judges grapple with carrying out the rule of law, even if it means justice isn't being served? Apparently, they form a society to kill people! The first half of the movie works as a set-up for the Douglas character, who is a judge, and carries us along with the above-mentioned dilemma he faces on a daily basis. Finally, he gets fed-up, and finds himself involved with a clandestine group of retired judges, who count votes in deciding whether or not past criminals who were acquitted should be executed. And this is where the film devolves. The process for this group isn't fully grasped by the screenwriters, and the film never really takes its subject matter seriously, which is a shame because the premise is a fascinating one, and I believe in the hands of a better director, it would've given deep insights in the nature of the criminal justice system. I would recommend this film for Douglas fans, and for fans of director Peter Hyams, who has a steady hand throughout. The problem is you aren't getting much from this film for the thrilling aspects of it, and you aren't getting much from it for the philosophical aspects as well. Still, I liked the film enough for its outline, but if it attempted to just double-down on its outline, then would've it been much more interesting.