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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)

PG-13  |   |  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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Watchable, but barely....
22 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It comes down to budget, and this stinker must not have had it. Oh...I guess on a lazy Sunday afternoon it's worth the watch, but it's not a movie to get excited about. I agree with fellow previewers, it's a GREAT premise for a movie: an ambitious reporter with a knack for obtaining the inside scoop (see the masters - Redford and Hoffman in "All the Presidents men", an AWESOME movie of this genre) frames himself for a murder in order to bring down a too-good-to-be-true prosecutor who is a blue chip for governor. I mean, you'd presumably have to make this movie with an ensemble of 'dropped out of school half-way' mimes to screw it up, right? Nope. They scored Douglas, who is as charming and effective as ever, but the budget for actors ended there. The rest make valiant efforts butt fall short. Acting is stiff and rehearsed; the dialog comes way too fast, as if the actors can't wait to spit their lines out. The back and forth scenes between CJ and Ella are cliché and predictable, and there is no nuance of method acting - just memorized lines delivered in a monotone, boring fashion. Meanwhile, there a lot of goofs, and the cast and director fail to bring it all home. Consider the following cast: Chris cooper as the editor (would be a cameo but it might have worked), Josh Hartnett or even better Ryan Gosling as C.J., Claire Danes or Cate Blanchett as Ella, any of these insertions would have propped this picture up considerably. In my opinion, had I been the studio exec with rights to a movie premise so promising, I'd have kept saving pennies until an adequate cast could be assembled. Watchable but not in my top 150-200 of all time.


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