When an ambitious young lawyer takes on a big case against a powerful and ruthless executive of a large pharmaceutical company, he soon finds himself involved in a case of blackmail and corruption.


Shintaro Shimosawa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Duhamel ... Ben Cahill
Anthony Hopkins ... Arthur Denning
Al Pacino ... Charles Abrams
Alice Eve ... Charlotte Cahill
Malin Akerman ... Emily Hynes
Lee Byung-hun ... The Accountant (as Byung Hun Lee)
Julia Stiles ... Jane Clemente
Glen Powell ... Doug Fields
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Joe Bilson
Leah McKendrick ... Amy
Chris Marquette ... Giffords (as Christopher Marquette)
Skye P. Marshall ... Hatty
Gregory Alan Williams ... Richard Hill
Jason Gibson ... Graham
Nathan Moore ... Lawrence (as Nathan J. Moore)


An ambitious young lawyer is approached by an ex-lover who offers him all the evidence he needs to form a legal case against her husband, a powerful and ruthless executive of a large pharmaceutical company. The lawyer starts the legal proceedings and continues begins an affair with the woman. The lawyer's boss and the executive settle the case without going to court. The lawyer finds the woman dead in her apartment, and it appears someone is trying blackmail the executive. The lawyer leaves the body in the apartment, but a mysterious stranger moves the body to his house moments before the police raid. The stranger was employed by the lawyer's boss, to kill the lawyer's wife for the murder of the woman, because the lawyer's boss works for the executive. The lawyer kills the stranger, and he and his wife agree not to tell anyone about all the people they murdered.

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Ambition can be deadly See more »

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Rated R for language, violence and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Shintaro Shimosawa's directorial debut. See more »


When Arthur escapes via a window from the Police he is then seen "fixing" his stomach slash with Superglue, he has not been cut at this point it is only after his fight much later in the movie that he gets knifed by the Motorbiker. See more »


[first lines]
Reporter #1: Tonight, investigators are questioning the credibility of those clinical trials.
Woman #1: I'm very angry. I can't believe doctors could betray so many people.
Man #1: I was part of the initial test group for the drug Vypraxilin. And, I can say without a doubt it was probably the worst decision I've ever made in my life.
Man #2: These people knowingly put out inaccurate information and they were being selective in the facts about the case.
Woman #2: She looked at me and then collapsed. Her mouth filled with blood and... ...
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With such clear visual and talented cast, it's a truly misfortune that the result is agonizingly boring
7 February 2016 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

When first seeing the cast of Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins, among others, one would expect an intense thriller, yet "Misconduct" is an arbitrary endeavor that has seriously crippling pace and lacking any suspense. It may look nice at first, potentially promising a wit exchange, yet it's painfully slow and honestly a shallow display of crime drama.

Ben (Josh Duhamel) is contacted by her unstable ex-girlfriend who has secret files about her billionaire boss. He takes this chance without knowing that he'll walk on a series of increasingly dangerous conspiracy. The line-up is riddled with famous names, yet their performance is inconsistent. Duhamel looks decent for a leading role, although he doesn't have the poise or sense of urgency when the moments call for it.

The chemistry between him and veterans like Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins is also shaky. There are some good thrilling moments, yet there are also times when they look ironically silly as though impersonating plot from Law and Order. Female characters share the same fate of incompatibility. Julie Stiles as the operator only appears too cocky for the tough female stereotype.

Meanwhile, Malin Akerman and Alice Eve are seemingly trapped in love triangle gig, and not a good one at that. Its attempt to showcase debauchery is appreciated, yet there's barely any passion involved here. Byung-hun Lee makes a supporting role, and it's quite intriguing when he makes an entrance, yet his character feels underutilized and only serves as a glorified henchman. When they interact it creates a tangled web of a plot.

It does have clear cinematography and direction to portray vices such as greed and lust, yet it shifts significantly slow between unintentionally detached characters that ultimately become mundane and restricting.

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Release Date:

5 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond Deceit See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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