Trial, The (Sous-titres français)
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Matthew Modine delivers one of his finest performances in this gripping courtroom thriller based on the best-selling novel by Robert Whitlow.
Modine stars as "Mac" McClain, an emotionally crippled attourney who's lost his faith in God and himself. That's when Mac reluctantly decides to take on one last case: a young man (Randy Wayne, To Save A Life), facing the death penalty for first-degree murder. But nothing can prepare Mac for the startling twists and turns of the ensuing trail, as the determined lawyer fights for justice and seeks a path to his own redemption.
Canadian Rating: PG
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Language: Dubbed: English / Subtitled: English, French and Spanish
Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.78:1
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The film is set in the beauty of Georgia countryside, complete with mists and fields and rivers where we first see attorney Mac MacClain (Matthew Modine), pensive after the accidental death of his wife and two children nine years ago. His practice has fallen, his mental sate has fallen below the flatline state, and he is contemplating suicide when a telephone call from the wise old town judge (Rance Howard) summons him to take on a case of the murder of one Angela Hightower, the young and beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the little town, the corrupt Hightower family being part of Mac's sad past encounters. The accused is Angela's boyfriend Pete Thomason (an impressive Randy Wayne) who is now in jail claiming he had total amnesia for the event. Mac feels a sense of responsibility to the boy and agrees to take on the case, hiring back his assistant Mindy (Nikki Deloach) and his investigator Ray (Robert Forster). As they uncover facts Mac seeks advice from psychologist Dr. Anna Wilkes (Clare Carey) who in addition to testing Pete finds time to share her Grieving Group Sessions with Mac.
The evidence is gathered and the trial begins after a plea bargain is denied by Pete. The Hightower lawyer is the brilliant, eloquent but ruthless Joe Whetstone (a fine performance by Bob Gunton) and the battle of wits and rights is on. The courtroom drama is well written and the turn of events from the trial to the followup findings and second trial are well molded. If the film ends in a too saccharine mode, the quality of acting in the film before that should make the audience tolerate the preachiness. There are some fine cameos -Larry Bagby, Burgess Jenkins, Brett Rice among them - and there is much to learn about contemporary youth habits and small town tenor. This is not a great film, but it is a refreshing memory of the small and intimate films of yesteryear. Grady Harp, November 10
Matthew Modine does a wonderful job as always but it is the supporting cast that sets this movie a part. Bob Gunton does a great job as the prosecutor; Robert Forster (love him in Jackie Brown!!!!) is fantastic as the PI and a great string of witnesses steal the show (truck driver is the best of the best).
The film looks beautiful too. Nice mystery and wonderful to see a clean movie with a great message.
"Grief is like a river...."
What I did find interesting is that, when a movie is God centered or faith centered it is a bore, bad acting, waste of time etc.. It is very strange how when a faith based movie is made, no one wants to support the movie or give the movie great reviews.
I said this to say that it is a shame that this movie did not receive the exposure it should have. This was a great movie as my family and I just finished watching the movie and I could not wait to write a review about the movie in support of this movie and hopefully many more faith based movies to come.
If you are thinking of viewing this movie, you will not be disappointed. We viewed this movie with clear minds. We left the movie touched and filled with the message that this movie sends.. If you want a clean, faith based, mystery then this movie is for you. It is based on a book by a great author who writes great books..
The movie was professional quality, touching, clean, great family entertainment and an ending that will knock you off of your feet and leaving you wondering who can you trust.
View this movie for yourself and then make your own judgement as to if it is a good movie are not. But before you state your response, ask yourself what do you value, did this movie feed your spirit man? Did you get the message of this movie.
Christians can have clean fun and make decent movies without all of the guns, violence, and drugs etc. Remember what you put in your gates, eye, ears, etc is what will come out. Give your soul some food for thought with this clean christian movie.
Feed your spirit man.. and not your flesh.
Have you ever been "set up" and framed? Have you ever taken the rap for someone else? Felt like your life was hanging on the edge, and you didn't know why? The defendant in this movie did. You always had the feeling like he was innocent from the begining, but you had your doubts, and when the climax came into play you knew why.
Come into this movie with an open mind. Don't let other peoples negativity cloud your own judgement. Think about how you would feel if people were making accusations about you, and then watch the film with an open mind. Hopefully you will be as pleasantly surprised as both of us were.