Year of Release: 2007
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Approx. Running Time: 139 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins and Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling star in this "exceptionally suspenseful nail-biter" (Rex Reed, The New York Observer) that "doesn't let go even after the final twist" (Gene Shalit, Today).
Ted Crawford (Hopkins) brutally shoots his wife and calmly waits for the police to arrest him. With the weapon and a signed confession in hand, Deputy D.A. Willy Beachum (Gosling) believes a conviction is a slam dunk - that is, until the case completely unravels. Now, with little evidence, Beachum goes head to head with the cunning Crawford in a desperate search for the truth and the answer to one burning question: How is this guy getting away with it?
For being a crime thriller/drama, this movie has a fair amount of humor in it, much of which surprisingly is delivered by Anthony Hopkins, who plays a man who murders his cheating wife, only to be arrested by the man who was her lover. He signs a confession to the crime, then pleads not guilty and insists on being his own attorney. He's up against a hot shot rising star D.A., played by Ryan Gosling, who has already given notice that he's on his way up to join a big time law firm.
There's a lot of suspense and some nice, unexpected twists in this film, but nothing too shocking. The most entertaining parts are the interactions between the two lead characters.
Rated R (MPAA)