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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 8 May 2014
High flying District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Cooper) finds his life turned upside down, when he is involved in a hit & run accident, but as he covers up his own involvement, things begin to take a frightening turn when he uncovers an even more gruesome discovery that leaves him in a catch-22 situation of moral ambiguity.

Canadian crime thriller Reasonable Doubt is very predictable, that we figured out the whole plot within the first 20 minutes or so of it's 80 minute run time. And parts of it's story are pretty contrived to say the least, while it misses a beat to add some exciting action towards the end, instead deciding to rely purely on low key suspense & psychological thrills that is palatable enough for the most part, albeit very hard to swallow in places (walking out of police station with a gun in hand ? seriously ?). On the plus side it manages to offer an interesting & enjoyable enough experience in it's execution, thanks to some good cinematography, credible acting performances & that it moves at a good pace that pushes you along to the next part of it's story, so that you don't get too bogged down in the details of how you got there.

The acting is passable enough to maintain immersion. Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double) is beliveable as the upstanding successful prosecuting lawyer Mitch Brockden , stuck in a catch-22 situation as he's dragged down into a traumatic state of panic trying to keep his house of cards upright as long as possible & do some detective work to dig himself out of a hole. Samuel L. Jackson (The Negotiator) was a surprise inclusion, not needing to break a sweat in his limited on screen time, but never the less giving a quiet, powerful & at one point a scary stare with some good camera work that made us jump out of our seats, lol. He does himself no injustice as the sinister Clinton Davis who crosses paths with Mitch in a game of cat & mouse. Gloria Rueben (ER) as the suspicious detective, Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary) , Erin Karpluk (Assault On Wall Street) & Dylan Taylor (Copper) as Mitch's brother , wife & co-worker respectively are able in support.

In conclusion, you know what's coming way before it get's there, but it's that anticipation of experiencing the execution that keeps you watching on. Contains strong language, violence & mature themes. Worth a watch.
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VINE VOICEon 17 July 2014
I like Samuel L Jackson films but I'm afraid this is not one of the good ones. His performance seemed to be done on autopilot, whilst his co-star Dominic Cooper was not a strong enough actor for a major role.

The film was very predictable, right through to the end - definitely one to rent not buy!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 November 2014
Was not very impressed with this DVD.
Have not seen it advertised for cinema, so can only assume that it went
straight to DVD.
My main gripe is that it was either shot in the dark, or that my disc
was an iffy copy as both day light scenes and those shot at night were
very dark, so much so, that I could not always tell what was happening.
Neither Samuel L Jackson nor Dominic Cooper had much impact for me, and
they are both excellent actors when the script allows. The film is a
Canadian production, directed by Peter Howitt who directed Johnny English
he uses the nom de plume of Peter P Croudins on this film so perhaps even
he was not too sure about it?

A lack of subtitles did not help.
I could only muster 3 stars for this offering.
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on 17 April 2015
Nothing new about this and despite the efforts of both Dominic Cooper and Samuel L Jackson, even they can't lift this very high. The story is easy to get into but can't help thinking the two did this because they were bored and at times it shows. Watch if there is nothing else to hand.
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on 18 January 2014
Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) is from South Chicago with a checkered past and criminal step-brother. He has been able to hide much of this as he is a family man climbing the ladder as a city prosecutor. He doesn't lose cases. After a night out with the boys he drives intoxicated and hits another man. He calls 911 then flees the scene. Clinton Davies (Samuel L. Jackson) is arrested for the murder after police find the bloody body in his vehicle. Clinton claimed he found him in the road. Mitch must prosecute Clinton for a crime that he himself committed.

Now that could make a good movie in itself, except it gets really twisty. There are decent clues dropped along the way for the twists, so they don't come too unexpected...except maybe that one thing. The courtroom drama is over after 30 minutes and the rest of the film becomes a crime drama with Samuel L. Jackson in a fitting role.

Parental Guide: Infrequent F-bomb (One I recall). No sex or nudity.
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on 9 March 2014
Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) knew he was in serious trouble when he drove his black SUV into a man crossing the road. Mitch, a District Attorney, had been out drinking with friends. Now the end of his career wasn't only in sight, it was staring him right in his face. End of his career and possibly end of his freedom if the man died. Panicking, he assures the badly injured man (Karl Thordarson) that he's calling for an ambulance, which he does, but then Brocken drives off. Clinton Davis (Samuel L. Jackson) is almost immediately arrested for the crime of killing the man, protesting that he was only taking him to hospital when police stopped Davis because of a broken tail light and then spotted blood dripping out of the back of his van. Feeling guilty at the thought of someone going to prison for a crime he didn't commit, Mitch intentionally messes up the prosecution so that Davis goes free. But is Davis as innocent as he thought?

Reasonable Doubt (2014) is an interesting movie even if the plot might seem a bit contrived at times. Some reviewers have complained at its predictability and, granted, it's not the finest thriller of its kind to ever appear on a big (or small) screen, but it's still entertaining. It's a bit difficult to tell you about plot holes, and what made it worth watching, without spoiling it for you but I thought Dominic Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson were well cast in their roles and I enjoyed the movie from beginning to end.

Reasonable Doubt confronts a moral dilemma. What would you do if you were wealthy and successful, with everything you'd ever wanted and worked for, and then knew your whole life was about to be totally ruined because you had made a terrible, stupid, irreversible mistake? It's easy to say you'd ring the ambulance and police and admit your guilt, isn't it? :)

VJ - Movies and Books World
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on 3 June 2014
Nice idea, ropey plot line and poor characterisation. The cast did what they could with the script and it would have been a lot worse had they not been up to the task! S'pose Samuel L has to do something between Marvel ouitings.
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on 30 August 2014
The only things I liked about the film are : that it is nicely shot giving a rich, warm feel to the movie (although it looked more like a tv production) and Samuel L Jackson's performance was suitably menacing but he is in a movie not worthy of his talent.
There was a good concept at the beginning but from the moment Mitch (Dominic Cooper) realized who the killer was, the film became cliched, rather silly, very dull and predictable. It lacked tension and even the action sequences was very boring to watch. The music made it more interesting than it actually was.
What is noticeable is that the director used a pseudonym ; he probably didn't want to be attached to this mess. This is a forgettable film not worth watching.
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Brilliant story of how an assistant DA (Dominic Cooper) inadvertently frees a dangerous killer(Samuel L Jackson) because he wants to cover up being involved in a collision with a pedestrian while DUI. Tense plotting and superb acting throughout.
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There seems to be a trend in ‘straight to DVD’ movies these days... it involves getting an A-list star’s face on all its promotional material and basically marketing it as if they’re in it all the way through. In the case of ‘Reasonable Doubt’ you may have noticed Samuel L Jackson’s foreboding face glaring at you from the posters. Yes, he is in it. No, he’s not in it as much as most people would probably like.

It’s about a District Attorney (who’s definitely NOT Samuel L Jackson) who, while driving home drunk, runs over a man and then leaves him for dead. Later he discovers that Samuel L Jackson has been charged with the crime and so our tipsy lawyer must search his soul as to whether or not to let Sam take the fall. There are a few more plot points which I won’t go into, as they will give away the ‘twists and turns’ that are involved.

Regarding the ‘twists and turns’ – you may see some of them coming and you may not believe the others. There are a few moments in the film where you really do have to ‘suspend your disbelief’ to actually carry on watching. Just enjoy Sam’s performance and don’t think too much about the gaps in logic.

Basically, ‘Reasonable Doubt’ is an okay film. If you like thrillers you can certainly do worse. It’s one of those films that, if you stumble across it on TV late at night, it’s worth watching. However, you probably might feel a little cheated if you paid full price to buy it on Blu-ray, especially as Samuel L Jackson isn’t in it as much as most people would probably like.

Best to watch/rent first before you buy.
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