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It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city.
Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of assaulting a prostitute, Haller is asked to defend him. The man claims that the woman is ... See full summary »
Wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous Ted Crawford, a structural engineer in Los Angeles, shoots his wife and entraps her lover. He signs a confession; at the arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot who's soon to join a fancy civil-law firm, told by everyone it's an open and shut case. Crawford sees Beachum's weakness, the hairline fracture of his character: Willy's a winner. The engineer sets in motion a clockwork crime with all the objects moving in ways he predicts. Written by
When hostage negotiator, Lt. Nunally (Billy Burke) introduces himself to Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins), Crawford opens the dialogue with "Lots of vampires out there". Billy Burke played Charlie Swan in the successful Twilight Saga. See more »
When Nikki and Willy hang out in private outside of a bar/nightclub, the former says to the latter, "So, I think you should go home," but there is a discernible delay between the actress speaking and the movement of the jaw and chin. See more »
Sure, Gosling and Hopkins are both pretty great, but if only they were given something to do! Instead, we're stuck with The Silence of the Devil's Advocate, only without anything interesting happening. This film had the perfect opportunity to have some great courtroom fireworks, with the kind of brilliant back-and-forth usually only found in an Aaron Sorkin script, but, as Sorkin is nowhere near this project, we get some half-assed character development and a terribly weak 'story'. Not to mention that utterly inane, retarded conclusion, which not only requires every character to act moronically, but also assumes that the audience will find the twist much more interesting than it actually is. This is John Grisham for people who don't like reading.
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