Beyond A Reasonable Doubt [Blu-ray]
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Here, Jesse Metcalf is the fifth estater who purposely makes himself look like the perpetrator of a murder. He has an accomplice in acquiring certain pieces of evidence who can prove Metcalf's innocence once DA Douglas does his expected evidence tampering. In the original movie Andrews' ally, future father-in-law Sidney Blackmer dies of a coronary. With the '09 version, cohort Joel David Moore is also eliminated and the exculptory video discs destroyed or stolen. All this after Metcalf is arrested on murder charges and put on trial. Without Moore's help and discs things look bleak for Metcalf. Only his GF, Amber Tamblyn, who's also in the DA's office, is left to try to prove his innocence.
It's always good seeing Michael Douglas, who in this movie has the "guest star" as his role of the corrupt lawyer who hopes to become Louisiana's next governor. To this end he'll do anything to win cases, even have people murdered.
One thing that surprised me is the studio that released this drama, good old RKO.
I thought that outfit was long defunct, but apparently not so.
I enjoyed BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT, and feel it doesn't deserve its current middling 5.9 IMDb rating.
At best it's an average movie with no quality acting, which reflects the fact that only 5% of voters on Rotten Tomatoes actually enjoyed it. The complications that arise with our main character as the movie progresses are predictable, as is the "twist" that occurs at the film's conclusion.
The biggest mystery of this film is how they were able to land Michael Douglas on the cast. Douglas has virtually no real screen time in this movie, which is a major disappointment for those of us who enjoyed his work in movies like King of California, Wall Street and Basic Instinct. No need to wait for the jury to return to the courtoom; my verdict is that it's not worth even a Redbox rental.
IT DOESN'T MATTER- WHEN HE IS ON SCREEN, HIS APPEARANCE CARRIES IMPACT AND KEEPS THE FILM'S MOMENTUM GOING.
WHILE HE PLAYS HIS ROLE WELL, ANYONE WHO COULD CARRY A COCKY AND SINISTER ATTITUDE FOR THE PART, COULD HAVE HAD THE ROLE.
THE PLOT IS A BIT DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU ARE USE TO SEEING AND SO, IT DOES PULL YOU IN, ONCE YOU SEE IN THE FIRST 30 MINS WHAT THE INTENT IS.
IF SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY THIS MOVIE WAS MADE GIVES YOU THE FEELING OF A * MADE FOR TV* FILM- DON'T LET IT DETER YOU FROM FINISHING THIS MOVI
THE PAY OFF IS HERE, EVEN IF YOU REALLY HAVE TO WAIT FOR IT AND NOT WANTING TO OFFER A SPOILER, ALL I CAN SAY IS SIT TIGHT AND LET IT UNFOLD.
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While this move has gotten mostly negative reviews by professional critics, I did find it a surprising interesting movie to watch and it did carry one's interest to the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
THIS IS A REMAKE OF A DANA ANDREWS MOVE! well kind of. I saw this so many times and being a MD fan I always wanted to at least
see it once. Read more
Excellent story. Outstanding acting. I never saw the punch line coming. What more can you ask for?Published 4 months ago by George D. Gehr