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BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT

A high-profile criminal lawyer finds his bid for the governorship in jeopardy when an ambitious rookie journalist begins suspecting him of tampering with evidence in order to secure his many convictions. Martin Hunter (Michael Douglas) has a reputation for putting criminals behind bars, and with elections approaching he seems a shoo-in for governor. But just how clean is the district attorney`s record when held up to scrutiny? When hungry reporter C.J. Nicholas (Jesse Metcalfe) frames himself as a murder suspect in hopes of catching Hunter in the act, the two fierce rivals become caught up in a treacherous game of cat and mouse. But Assistant DA Ella Crystal (Amber Tamblyn) has no idea about her boyfriend C.J.`s latest assignment, and as the evidence against both men begins to pile up she begins to suspect that she`s in mortal danger. As Ella discovers irrefutable truth of both C.J.`s innocence and her boss` shady dealings, the fate of two men rests in the hands of one woman whose life could be taken at any second.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 26 Nov 2009
Genre: Drama / Mystery
Running Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Cast: Michael Douglas, Jesse Metcalfe, Amber Tamblyn
Director: Peter Hyams
Format: NA

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Writer: Sivarasa Sothivadivel

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Watch this if you liked: "A Perfect Getaway”, “Enemy Of The State”

In the 1956 original of this movie, a newspaper publisher conspires with his future son-in-law Tom to expose the city's questionable district attorney. The plan is to artificially plant clues to a murder that will lead to the Tom's arrest. The horror begins when the friend who is holding evidence that will clear Tom suddenly dies and Tom is now in danger of being executed.

That's pretty much what happens in this re-update as well, only that there's a few adjustments to suit modern day events and also there's quite a twist at the end that is even more bewildering than the original.

However, let's not talk about something that happened 50 years ago. In this reupdate, we have the steady Michael Douglas getting top billing ahead of a cast consisting of teen flick regulars Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker in "John Tucker Must Die" and Amber Tamblyn (starred in the "Sisterhood And The Traveling Pants" movies), not to mention Joel Moore (the gawky guy who wanted to screw Paris Hilton in "The Hottie And The Nottie"). To be honest, the three of them can't really be faulted for the critical sting that has been inflicted on this movie by the media. If anything, the movie fails to convince any audience who are looking for something more plausible and exciting. Even Michael Douglas can't do too much to lift this movie to another level of enjoyment.

This isn't a complicated legal drama like "Fracture" and it isn't "Legally Blonde" either. It's simply a heavily-flawed movie that has a few interesting moments to its credit.

Cinema Online, 28 September 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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