Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

On DVD: 
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 45 Minutes
Special Features

Commentary with Director Peter hyams and Jesse Metcalfe, making of, Criminal Forensics short.

High profile lawyer, Mark Hunter (Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas) has an impeccable record putting criminals behind bars. But when ambitious rookie journalist, C.J. Nicholas (Jesse Metcalfe) begins investigating Hunter for tampering with evidence to secure his convictions, the district attorney’s perfect record is up for scrutiny. Commencing a risky game of cat and mouse with Hunter, C.J. frames himself as a murder suspect to catch the corrupt D.A. in the act. Romantically involved with C.J., but unaware of his assignment, Assistant D.A. Ella Crystal (Amber Tamblyn) becomes caught between her boss’s political ambitions and C.J.’s  dangerous expose. As mounting evidence stacks up against both men, Ella’s own life becomes threatened when she discovers incriminating proof that puts the fate of both C.J.’s innocence and Hunter’s reputation in her hands.
With having an actor such as Michael Douglas in this movie I was first expecting a film that would be of professional levels. Instead, the film Beyond a Reasonable Doubt ended up being on the levels of a beginner independent film that was the first film for these film-makers. Though the other actors in the film are not as famous as Michael Douglas, they are also known actors such as Amber Tamblyn and Jesse Metcalfe but their acting is as if they have just begun their acting career.
Watching this movie was almost like being tortured for for 105 minutes. With the acting by the actors just boring, there’s also the plot line of the movie to contend with. With a description like the above that came right off the back of the DVD case, the movie sounds like it would be a pretty decent watch. Not the case actually.
For the most part the story tries to follow the plot of the reporter C.J. trying to catch the D.A. for tampering with cases but it’s never really explained how at first that C.J. came up with the knowledge that D.A. Hunter was tampering with cases. This movie follows a straight line from beginning to end while leaving out some important facts as to how they are getting to that point in the film or why certain actions happen. One such action involves the friend and co-worker of C.J. Nicholas going to retrieve a piece of evidence in a hurry but he does it in such a rush that it’s as if he only had seconds to get it. I can understand why he would be in a hurry, but to the extent that the character was in the film is just way overboard.
What I found as the worst part of the movie is that it’s supposed to be a mystery yet as soon as the plot of the film is given at the beginning it’s already known how it’s going to end. There’s no mystery with Beyond a Reasonable Doubt and there is no sense of drama that should have been there with this style of film. There are just way too many plot holes in it that could be a reason as too why that drama is missing or it could be the actors give a performance that is lacking any drama. Whatever the case, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is just a boring, uninteresting, and blotchy plotted film that just wasn’t that good.

Lee Roberts
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