After being involved in a fatal hit and run incident Assistant DA Mitch Brody (Dominic Cooper) must prosecute an innocent man (Samuel L Jackson) for a crime he knows he didnt commit. Due to some inconclusive evidence Brody manages to throw the case, however he quickly realizes that he may have been wrong and the man he thought to be innocent could just be the most dangerous man he has ever met.
Sometimes you get a brand new DVD for the price of a used one this one still had it,s wrapper on it, this film stars that very talented actor Samuel L Jackson he is very good at playing both the good man and bad one, in this one he plays a man who is being accused of something he did not do
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.
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.
There’s an excellent idea at the core of this little thriller, which is sadly submerged under two metric tonnes of implausible behaviour and unlikely outcomes. The whole plot hinges on the notion that an up and coming city prosecutor might make a series of increasingly ill-advised decisions, compounding an initial misdemeanour-sized mistake until he becomes an accomplice to first-degree murder. Yet because this is the movies, there’s a happy ending and all his bad behaviour carries no consequence because he returns to the bosom of his loving family. Ahhh. Schweet. Or stupid: you decide. The film also makes very little use of Samuel L who is both quietly menacing but hardly present. His scenes are undoubtedly the best, but there ain’t that many of them. Not a film that is so awful we had to turn it off, but one which could’ve been considerably better with a tighter plot, improved script and a touch less make-believe policing. (At one point, a murder suspect ups and lets himself out of police custody. Say what?) 6/10
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.
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.