4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Dreary and biased
winstonfg from Belgium
22 November 2012
This is the first time I've been the first person to write a review,
which is surprising, considering this film has been out for 5 years ...
But then again, perhaps not, because there really isn't much to enthuse
Perhaps it comes from having a screenplay basically written by the main
protagonist, but there's absolutely no attempt to explain the reasons
for the decisions that went against our "hero" - and I believe there
were several - they're simply dismissed as arbitrary and possibly
corrupt. And the courtroom scenes have to rank as some of the dullest
and most unedifying I've ever seen in a film which is essentially about
a court case.
To be honest, the most interesting sequence is the first 5 minutes (the
videotape of the interrogation), but after that things start to go
downhill quickly. There's no tension, and no attempt to explain
anyone's motives; and the movie meanders its way slowly to the
courtroom where, after more tedium, the jury return a verdict that
frankly feels like it comes out of nowhere. On the basis of this
outing, I'm not sure I'd trust Gabriel Mann to argue the case for the
Pope being Catholic.
About the only actors who show any spark are John Savage and Lee
Garlington, as the parents of Kevin Thacker. Sadly, they're not on
screen long enough to give this movie any impetus, and the whole thing
fizzles out like a damp squib.
Lesson for the future chaps: ponderous dialogue and trite platitudes
about justice and the misuse of power do NOT a courtroom drama make.
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