Remake of a 1956 Fritz Lang film in which a novelist's investigation of a dirty district attorney leads to a setup within the courtroom
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I have to admit that I was skeptical when I saw that Jesse Metcalfe was the leading actor in this thriller. I had every right to be as it turns out. I thought the acting in this movie was pretty bad as I just didnt believe the roles that Metcalfe and Tamblyn were portraying on the screen. Douglas was the bright spot in the acting however he was not the center point of the film so it was overshadowed. The dialogue seemed forced and the jokes were way off timing and instead of being funny they came out more awkward than anything else. I could maybe see these two playing in a romantic movie together but not a thriller.
The story itself was pretty far fetched and hard to believe, the entire time I kept thinking to myself "Is this really happening?" However over time the story builds on you and it does keep your interest somewhat as you want to know how its all going to turn out for C.J. Nichols. The drama is built up pretty well as there are a few scenes that are suspenseful. But in the end they go for the "twist ending" and in doing so they suck all the drama out of the original story and spend the last ten minutes discovering that C.J. Nichols is not who he appears to be. If they would have spent that time having D.A. Assistant Ella Crystal busting her own boss Mark Hunter in a climatic ending it would have been better, instead they accomplish that in about two minutes really taking all the built up suspense out of the movie quickly. The "twist ending" did not hit a home run, but instead swung and miss for the strikeout.