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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002QW7AMG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,147 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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By caseygirl TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 31 2009
Format: DVD
I thought this might be a good story but it is so absoulutely far fetched it gets laughable. Most thriller type movies are but this one is a head scratcher. the premise of the story is so unbelievable, but then I think it could have been swallowed if hadn't been for the incredibly bad acting of Jesse Metcalfe.The guy playing his side kick is also not suited to the role at all. I can't recall when I have seen such poor acting as Metcalfe. Perhaps it was due to the very obvious editing of the movie. I don't even think Michael Douglas was at his best although I think he did the most of what the script offered. Amber Tamblyn was ok, but I think a more mature type of woman would have been better in this role, also inthe role of C.J. Nicholas (Metcalfe). My recommendation? Give this one a miss!
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Amazon.com: 73 reviews
40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
A Good Surprise! Nov. 18 2009
By Demario Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I did not expect much from this movie. Mostly because it stars Jesse Metcalfe and Amber Tamblyn. Amber is ok but Jesse Metcalfe clearly needs some more practice. He's so emotionless. This movie would have been even better if he were replaced with a better actor. Sorry, but the guy needs work. I was definately wrong about the film though. This is actually a pretty good film. It's about this reporter that decides to frame himself for murder so he can expose the dirty D.A. played by the great Micheal Douglas. This movie has a really strong script. I don't think anyone with common sense would frame themselves for murder but this movie had me going. It also has this surprise ending that will make your jaw hit the floor. I would definately rent this one. If you can find it cheap on DVD it might even be worth buying. Decent actors,good story, and a surprise ending, you can't ask for much more than that. At least not from a straight to dvd movie. HOLLA
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An interesting dilemma Sept. 14 2009
By Edmonson - Published on Amazon.com
What happens when your plan to convict a guilty man backfires? In "Beyond a Reasaonable Doubt", a remake of the 1956 film noir movie of the same name, a journalist, C.J. Nicholas (Jesse Metcalfe) finds himself in this predicament. In attempting to snare the lawyer Martin Hunter (Michael Douglas) for tampering with evidence, C.J. Nicholas instead finds himself convicted of a crime he never actually committed. This interesting premise leads us into the real action of the story, as his girlfriend, Ella Crystal (Amber Tamblyn), attempts to uncover the truth, and save him from his impending death sentence. The film seems to play out predictably from here, or so we think, but then another twist leads us into an altogether new direction. Once this movie, directed by Peter Hymms, finally gets moving, it's an engaging, edge of your seat thriller.
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Made Only $17,000 in Theaters for a Reason Jan. 21 2010
By Compay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
What speaks volumes about the overall quality of this movie is that it was released in only half a dozen movie theaters nationwide, and grossed less than 20k at the box office.

At best it's an average movie with no quality acting, which reflects the fact that only 5% of voters on Rotten Tomatoes actually enjoyed it. The complications that arise with our main character as the movie progresses are predictable, as is the "twist" that occurs at the film's conclusion.

The biggest mystery of this film is how they were able to land Michael Douglas on the cast. Douglas has virtually no real screen time in this movie, which is a major disappointment for those of us who enjoyed his work in movies like King of California, Wall Street and Basic Instinct. No need to wait for the jury to return to the courtoom; my verdict is that it's not worth even a Redbox rental.
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
B Movie. Much worse than a CSI TV show. Dec 25 2009
By SuzieQ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Amateurish B movie remake of a 1956 RKO film. Uses every cliche in the book. Awful! How did they get Michael Douglas to do this film?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thriller So Incredible Jan. 3 2011
By Tsuyoshi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
An ambitious local TV reporter C.J. Nicholas (Jesse Metcalfe) needs a big story to boost his career. And he believes - we don't know why - that high profile District Attorney Mark Hunter (Michael Douglas) is planting false evidence to maintain a high conviction rate. So, in order to expose and publicly humiliate the DA, C.J. devises a contrived plan to set a trap for Hunter by making himself look like a prime murder suspect!

Well, things terribly wrong for C.J., as you expect. This is so terribly wrong that you may start scratching your head wondering why characters including the DA's assistant Ella (Amber Tamblyn) keep doing silly things throughout the film.

The whole premise could be pretty unbelievable back in 1956, when the original "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" (directed by Fritz Lang) was made. In 2010, when most people in America have an easy access to the internet and digital technologies, the story looks simply absurd. In short a reporter doesn't need this elaborate scheme. Of course, everything will be explained in the end, but by the time that happens, most viewers would stop taking the impossible story seriously.

OK, I know this idea, "willing suspension of disbelief," and we often need it to enjoy some classic films. But for the storyline this incredible to really work, we need something - like more round and believable characters, atmospheric cinematography, and most of all, actors and actresses as charismatic and skillful as, say, Humphrey Bogart or Barbara Stanwyck.

Finally, I have been a fan of director Peter Hyams - I still like many of his film in the past, "Capricorn One" and "Narrow Margin" for instance. They may not be winning Academy awards, but surely thrilling and entertaining, but whatever happened to him?

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