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.
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
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 Willy Beachum is in his office, the boxes behind his desk are labeled "People .vs. Morgenthau" - Kramer Morgenthau was the cinematographer for the film and another box reads, "People .vs. Beaupre" - Steven F. Beaupre was the second assistant director See more »
When Willy is reading Dr Seuss to Jennifer in the hospital and the nurse walks in we see the back cover of the book. The spine of the book should be pointing towards Willy's left side but it's actually pointing to his right. Thus, he's holding the book upside down. 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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