Reasonable Doubt (R)

Suspense/Thriller 91 min. January 17, 2014
By Sherrie Li
If you have ever gotten frustrated with Pretty Little Liars because everything could be fixed if they’d just stop lying, or if you've felt that the dumb blonde in the bad horror flick deserved her demise because she ignored all the signs to flee, then you’ll have a painful sense of nostalgia while watching Reasonable Doubt, directed by Peter Howitt from Peter A. Dowling’s script. Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper), a district attorney who never loses, finds himself purposely throwing a case when self-professed good Samaritan Clinton Davis (Samuel L. Jackson) is accused of killing the man Mitch himself accidentally struck while driving drunk. And so begins a series of near-hits where Mitch’s guilt is seemingly about to be revealed — and then isn't. After a while, the movie feels like an alternate take on the Boy Who Cried Wolf, and you may just want the wolf to eat the boy already. What keeps this stand-up guy from just turning himself in? His new baby, who is cute as a button. But Mitch loses the case, Clinton goes free, and since this is early in the film, you know it's not ending there. Turns out Clinton actually is guilty, having chased after his torture victim to finish the job until Mitch beat him to the punch. Oops. Now Mitch must take it upon himself to fix his mistake and keep Clinton from continuing his murder spree. So the morals of the story are: Don’t drive drunk, do tell the truth to cops, don’t knowingly mess with murderers, and don’t watch films that you reasonably doubt will be enjoyable.
Peter Howitt, Peter P. Croudins Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Erin Karpluk, Gloria Reuben, Ryan Robbins, Dylan Taylor Peter A. Dowling Lionsgate

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