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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  10 July 2009 (Spain)
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Remake of the 1956 film noir film "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" in which a writer's plan to expose a corrupt district attorney takes an unexpected turn.

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High profile lawyer, Mark Hunter has an impeccable record putting criminals behind bars and is a shoo-in for governor in the upcoming election. But when ambitious rookie journalist, C.J. Nicholas begins investigating Hunter for tampering with evidence to secure his convictions, the district attorney's perfect record is up for scrutiny. Commencing a risky game of cat and mouse with Hunter, C.J. frames himself as a murder suspect to catch the corrupt D.A. in the act. Romantically involved with C.J. but unaware of his assignment, assistant D.A. Ella Crystal becomes caught between her boss's political ambitions and C.J.'s dangerous expose. As mounting evidence stacks up against both men, Ella's own life becomes threatened when she discovers incriminating proof that puts the fate of both C.J's innocence and Hunter's reputation in her hands. Written by Anonymous

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Why would a man frame himself... for murder?


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Rated PG-13 for a sex scene, violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,164 (USA) (11 September 2009)

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$32,409 (USA) (25 September 2009)
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Push The Jury Into Conviction
21 July 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Probably those who have seen and reviewed this new version of Beyond A Reasonable Doubt already know how this will play out and the suspense is killed. It certainly was that way for me.

The 2009 Beyond A Reasonable Doubt has one thing to recommend it beyond the 1956 one. In that first one it was as an academic exercise that Dana Andrews put himself in harm's way, getting himself convicted of murder and then trying to free himself. In this one ambitious investigative reporter Jesse Metcalf has trained his sites on the District Attorney in Shreveport, Louisiana where this is filmed. Michael Douglas has been winning a whole lot of cases on the strength of DNA evidence offhandedly found at crime scenes. His winning streak has people looking at him to be the next governor of Louisiana.

To get his story Metcalf has himself framed for the murder of a junkie prostitute and plants evidence that lead the Shreveport cops right to him. Sure enough planted DNA evidence shows up to push the jury into conviction. Now to get his story, but some unforeseen complications do arise which if you've seen the 1956 version you have some idea what they are.

Amber Tamblyn in an adult role does a fine job as Metcalf's girlfriend and one who works in the District Attorney's office. I saw a lot of traces of Michael Douglas's father in his performance, more than I normally catch when watching this film. Best supporting role is that of Joel David Moore as Metcalf's luckless cameraman who is the only other one who knows what Metcalf is trying to do.

What this version of Beyond A Reasonable Doubt missed the most was the tension building direction of Fritz Lang. That was something that could not be replaced.


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