In California, Cate McCall is an alcoholic lawyer who was on probation and rehab. She had an argument with a judge who made her take a breathalyzer test and put her on probation in a small office. Cate is also fighting to recover custody of her daughter who lives with her father, who is moving to Seattle. Cate is assigned to defend Lacey Stubbs, who has appealing against her wrongful conviction of murdering another woman on the basis of a since there was a trial error. Further, Lacey also tells that she was raped by a guard in the prison. Cate, who has never lost a case, investigates the case with her friend Bridges and they find evidence that might prove that Lacey is innocent and that her case had been fabricated. But is she really innocent? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Wonderful Kate. And a good cocktail of realism, life-drama and some court-movie mystery
This is going to be one of those unfairly underrated movies. It is not a block-buster, not a mystery-driven court-drama, but a movie about life. Kate Beckinsale is more than beautiful. Don't expect her as being the acrobatic vampire Selene, or Anna Valerious, as she is not fighting Transylvanian monsters either. Nor she is a classic beauty in Pearl Harbor, or the serendipity wonder in New York's Christmas. Here, she is a divorced mother, fighting to gain a new sense of professional/personal life. And she is convincing. And a good lawyer, having to make some (difficult) morals choices. And she is convincing (did I say that already?). The movie itself has value exactly on focusing on realistic dramas. It's not about thrilling suspense of some twisting court plot. It's not about a drama of divorced parents. It tells a story that might happen. On the other hand, Nick Nolte lost some of his aesthetics. He didn't act with passion. Sometimes I felt he was just reciting his script lines. As for the movie, I had only one problem. Somehow, it did not suit them (Beckinsale, Nolte, Pellegino) to have that over-dirty language. I'm no hypocrite, I don't blush for the sake of conservative purity, but here, the bad language was overused. My personal opinion is that cinematography should pass the Samuel L. Jackson's characters' language stage. A nice and long expected surprise! Chapeau!
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