Michael is a high-powered lawyer and Jamal is an angry young man who has been imprisoned after years of abuse in the foster care system. Together they have to overcome their differences to find justice and expose the foster care system.
Michael Trainer is a lawyer at the center of a trial in which a for-profit Foster care agency puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as his young client Jamal, with catastrophic results. Michael, a successful litigator with a long career in protecting corporate clients, has been blinded from recognizing the real damage they can cause. He wants nothing to do with Jamal's case until a Judge forces him to accept it. Initially he sees Jamal, as a thuggish African American youth trying to get a piece of corporate profits. But when Jamal refuses to settle the case for any amount of money, Michael begins his representation in earnest. As their work together reveals the horrifying depth of the corrupt and abusive for-profit Foster care agency, Michael is transformed from reluctant defender to fierce warrior in the battle for justice.
Matthew Modine did an excellent portrayal of super lawyer Michael Trainer, you felt his characters pains, joys and frustration. Louis Gossett Jnr is always a pleasure to watch on screen and I'd pay good money to see him continue a role as a judge.I haven't seen Shane Paul McGhie other works however I will be keeping an eye out as his performance in this was outstanding, he was able to convey the conflicting feelings of his characters victimisation. Julie Benz's acting was the cherry on top of this awesome ensemble.
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