A lonely doctor, who once occupied an unusual lakeside house, begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.
Defense attorney Richard Ramsay takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter, that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle tries to dig deeper - and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover.Written by
When Janelle asks Loretta for a cigarette on the porch, Loretta takes out a lighter and you hear a lighter flick open, then you hear it click shut like a Zippo lighter, but she's obviously holding a plastic Bic lighter. See more »
At some point, every defense lawyer has to choose between his own need to know the truth and the best interests of his client.
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Why did Mike kill his father? Did Mike actually do it? Who else would have killed Mike's father? And why was Mike's father killed? All questions that permeate this courtroom drama. It's actually a pretty decent little film. It's pretty much all set in the courtroom as evidence is offered (and as flashbacks portraying the evidence being offered.) Mike (Gabriel Basso) is a 17 year old accused of murdering his father. He isn't being very helpful to his defence lawyer (Keanu Reeves) because he refuses to say a word to explain what really happened. As the trial progresses we learn that Mike's father (played in the flashbacks by Jim Belushi) wasn't a very nice man - verbally and possibly physically abusive to his wife and Mike's mother (Renee Zellweger) and possibly abusive toward Mike as well. There are reasons to suspect Mike, and there are reasons to suspect others. There's really no way to know how it's all going to turn out in the end.
I wouldn't call this a suspense type movie or a thriller. It was too low key for that. Although it's a fairly short movie (a runtime of a little over an hour and a half) it still has a fairly slow build up to the story - but in this case, "slow" does not mean "uninteresting." It didn't have me on the edge of my seat, but it did keep me watching. In the end I thought it went a little bit too awkwardly from a low key and slow build up into several twists and turns that suddenly had your head spinning. That change of pace was too abrupt for my liking.
Overall, though, that didn't change my appreciation of the movie. It's pretty well done - and a good, well constructed "whodunit" is always satisfying. (7/10)
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