Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, Rosamund Pike, Billy Burke, Cliff Curtis
Ted Crawford (Hopkins) a wealthy businessman, who murders his wife when he learns of her affair with police officer Rob Nunally (Burke). Ted admits to the crime and goes on trial, acting as his own attorney. Willy Beachum (Gosling) is the rising star at the district attorneys office with a 97% success rate, who has been assigned the case before he shifts to a private company. When Ted goes on trial, he proves to court that his confession was taken by Nunally, who was having an affair with his wife and who forced him to sign a false confession, thus making it void. All of a sudden Willy realises that apart from Ted's confession, which is now void, there is no other proof against him with neither a murder weapon nor a motive. Although everyone is sure of Ted's crime, nobody is able to prove it. The movie starts on an interesting note which promises you a good time, sadly the movie doesn't seem to deliver what it promises. Too much time is spent behind hunting for the murder weapon and all other aspects that complete a murder mystery are ignored. Continuously introducing twists in the tale with constant new developments would have made the story far more interesting. That said, the story is not all that bad with good performances and a good climax. A nice movie, but could have been far better.
Thumbs up: Interesting plot
Thumbs down: Could have been much better