Friday, December 18, 2015

Movie review: Reasonable Doubt

In an unusual turn of events Dominic is a hot-shot District Attorney who ends up prosecuting Clinton for a crime he committed. But Clinton may not be as innocent as he appears and Dominic soon finds the accident may be the least of his concerns.

Dominic Cooper (Mitch), Samuel L. Jackson (Clinton), Gloria Reuben (Det. Kanon), Ryan Robbins (Jimmy), Erin Karpluk (Rachel), Dylan Taylor (Stuart), Philippe Brenninkmeyer (DA Jones), John Lowe (Judge Mckenna).

Reasonable Doubt launches pretty well with some character introduction before the main plot shows up. As things evolve the film finds good depth with some interesting twists and before long it is hard to know who is the criminal in the film. The plot moves along well and engages the audience on several levels before winding down with a lukewarm conclusion onto which a Happy Ever After ending is stapled to give us a final smile.

Acting was good with Cooper delivering well. Jackson was in type once again and presents well as usual. Robbins was a nice addition though his character wasn't developed very well. Reuben, Karpluk and the remainder of the cast were solid and enjoyable.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good though some darker shots were challenging. Action scenes were captured well without taking over the film. Dialogue was solid with good depth and plot movement. Sound and soundtrack were fitting if not exciting.

Reasonable Doubt is a solid crime thriller with a few enjoyable twists. Technical work and acting are good as well but for some reason the film feels like it could have developed more. Entertaining yes, but not really impressive beyond that. Crime thriller genre fans should enjoy this one.

With plenty of violence and some foul language, this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2014
Reviewed: 12.11.15
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Crime Thriller, Serial Killer, Crime Action

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