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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002QW7AMG
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By caseygirl TOP 1000 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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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
A Good Surprise! Nov. 18 2009
By Demario Moore - Published on
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
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An interesting dilemma Sept. 14 2009
By G. Edmonson - Published on
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.
26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Made Only $17,000 in Theaters for a Reason Jan. 21 2010
By Compay - Published on
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beyond Any Reason, Logic, or Intelligence--This Twisty Legal Thriller Tries For Clever But Misses The Mark Dec 21 2010
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: DVD
There are few things that are so chilling in film as to watch a movie that is so completely lost in plotting that there can be no redemption. Almost every film has some bright spot, some point of interest. Unfortunately, the greatest honor I can bestow upon "Beyond A Reasonable Doubt" is that it is, without equal, perhaps the silliest movie I've watched in the last year. Peter Hyams, the director, is a workmanlike pro that's been around forever. More commercial than artistic, Hyams' spotty resume includes (of all things) Van Damme's best picture ("Timecop"), one of Schwarzenegger's worst ("End of Days") and one of my favorite good/bad movies "Capricorn One" (which despite some clunky acting, I could still watch endlessly). Reuniting his "The Star Chamber" lead, Michael Douglas, for this legal thriller probably seemed like a decent idea--but, oh, this one is painful.

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.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Our Modern Day Plan 9 From Outer Space Jan. 3 2010
By Lily - Published on
Format: DVD
This is one of the most unintentionally funny and convoluted movies that I have ever seen in my life. Michael Douglas used to have an illustrious and charismatic career. He now resorts to associating and SELLING his name to a movie in which he appears for less than 15 minutes total screen time. (Sort of like the has-been Val Kilmer's appearance in recent Dead Man's Bounty where he is dead in the whole movie and is not a part of the plot in any shape and manner). Jesse Metcalf and Joel David Moore portray two reporters and are two of the worst actors in the world. Their attempt at relevance and hip is to grow two day growth beards and to act like Jimmy Olsen, cub reporter. However, Jimmy Olsen is MENSA material compared to these two very unpleasant people. I'd rather watch wood warp and paint chip than see these two again. The plot basically is about an up-and-coming district attorney on his way to governorship who is suspected, by these two rodent parasitic reporters, of planting evidence to win every case that he tries. Their idea of implicating him is for one bearded wonder to actually implicate himself in a murder crime, record a journal DVD of specific points of innocence, get busted and then see what additional evidence the DA plants. This is a very, very bad idea just in case something goes wrong. And it's a bad idea for a movie because everything goes wrong in the film. Examples of bad filmmaking include the partner cub reporter rushing to his safety deposit box to retrieve the DVD evidence of innocence and being in a high speed car chase with a stereotypical mean police officer. This scene was obviously put in just to hasten the action, in an otherwise boring story. Examples of faulty logic includes the beautiful Amber Tamblyn, also as an up and coming assistant to Michael Douglas, sleeping with the inept reporter after one night of Chinese fast food. They compare sexy stares and then sexy sackings with lack of motive or adequate reasoning as even simple need for lust would have sufficed. The well-off Ms. Tamblyn then asks about the "L" word to her Chinese food bed mate. That's love not lesbian. There must be some clinical personality flaw in this DA assistant's trait to jump to and desire to commit without even knowing anything about the person whom she beds. Examples of more faulty logic includes, a 30 second appearance of Michael Douglas, visiting the now charged reporter in prison to taunt him. I'm sure that a high profile DA on his way to governorship would not just show up at prison just in case other REAL, GOOD reporters and photographers may be in the vicinity with questions and 8 by 10 glossies for the next morning's edition. Examples of more faulty logic include Ms. Tamblyn showing up at various sites to investigate the charges against her unshaven lover. Somebody, somewhere, just somehow may recognize her and may tell her "daddy" DA is a logic that seemed to have escaped her mind. Then, as a final outcome, the mystery about doctored photographs is solved by untrained geeky student interns, no less, nicely implicating the DA. And the final twist ending, which I will not reveal, came out of left field with no apparent reason or need other than to create coffee pot morning banter at the office for boring state workers. You should either avoid this movie if you are a Michael Douglas fan, of which I am OR see it as a part of a triple feature with Gigli (J. Lo Turkey), Battlefield Earth (always over-rated John Travolta squawker, i.e. also see Taking of Pelham) or Plan Nine from Outer Space (Ed Wood's mohair shocker). You have been warned.

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