Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
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Now it is up to his lover to uncover the truth. It is a good story, just overdone. If you are going to do a remake, get Leonardo DiCaprio to play the lead. The movie moves slow at times.
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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.
When an ambitious reporter (Jesse Metcalf) discovers some irregularities in the many convictions of a high-power lawyer and gubernatorial candidate (Douglas)--he sees breaking a big scandal as a ticket to the big time. Concocting the most elaborately inane scheme ever to frame himself for murder, Metcalf is preposterously out of his depth. Even our greatest actor alive couldn't sell this ridiculous piece of nonsense and, needless to say, Metcalf isn't any more up to the task. This, however, being a tricky legal thriller--there are plenty of very obvious (I mean surprising, yes that's what I meant) revelations in store for the viewers. However, even knowing every twist well in advance STILL doesn't make the plot any more feasible.
Hyams and team are perhaps hoping we've never seen a real legal thriller. Someone must have thought that "Beyond A Reasonable Doubt" was a clever entertainment and perhaps one version of the script was. But devising a whole movie around "surprise" twists with no foundation isn't particularly clever--it's really just lazy. And, to top it off, if the "surprises" have no surprise factor--that just makes the whole experience practically insufferable. "Beyond A Reasonable Doubt" is an unimaginative and uber-silly retread of dozens of other, better stories. It's biggest sin, however, is to have the smarmy and loathsome Douglas (his trademark character, not he himself) and then to barely use him. I actually hated "Beyond A Reasonable Doubt." Even if it wasn't a great film, it could have been a pleasantly entertaining one. But suspension of disbelief aside, the screenplay was just too preposterous--I literally laughed out loud, but not in a good way. KGHarris, 12/10.