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A High powered NY litigator, hired to defend a murderer who avenged his young son's death, struggles with his own desires for success versus the moral wishes of his client to choose the path of truth. Written by
A Very Straight Forward, No-Frills Morality Play that plays forever like a TV-Movie. No Doubt because the Director has worked Prolifically in that Arena. Its Convictions are Noble and Admirable but the Movie just sort of Lies there Relying on the Acting and the Screenplay to Carry it to a Predictable Conclusion.
Ben Kingsley is a Monotone Bore and the Character's Depth of Despair is played so Robotically that it can hardly Register as a Performance and more of a Memorization. Never is there any Real Person there, Mourning His Son or Defending His High Moral Ground. Amy Irvin's Character isn't at all Deep and She just sort of Stands around and, again, comes off as a Stepford Wife and is Emotionally Empty even with the Tears.
Alec Baldwin is the Best of the Three, but even He is so Soft Spoken and One Dimensional that its almost like He is Hypnotized with barely a Heartbeat. The Story and its Political, Social, and Criminal Implications are Worth Your Time, but it is a Shame that it wasn't Packaged more Interesting and more Entertaining.
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