Reasonable Doubt (2014)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Look. Marvel actors.

If you have any reasonable doubt if Reasonable Doubt is any good, then…you could be right. Now, I’m not saying it’s bad, I’m just saying I understand where bad reviews come from. It’s not the best movie in the world, not by a long shot. Its best piece of promotion is the poster, which shows the faces of Dominic Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson. First of all, that shows us Samuel L. Jackson is in it, awesome, second of all, that’s when you realize these two actors have been in the same film before, Captain America: The First Avenger. That’s Nick Fury and Howard Stark! But wait, hold on, how is this movie? I think it’s…okay.

The story itself is about a prosecuting attorney, Mitch, who always wins his cases. When he gets drunk with the boys one night, he ends up hitting a pedestrian. A DUI like that could make him lose his job, so he calls 911 and leaves the scene of the crime. The next day, he finds out the man died, and there is a man in custody charged with the man’s murder. Mitch knows the guy is wrongly accused, so he serves as prosecutor to throw the case. Later, he finds out that maybe this guy wasn’t wrongly accused…maybe he actually killed the guy, and several others? What if this guy is really a serial killer that Mitch let free!? Oh snap!

I’ll start with my main complaint of the film. I’m having trouble believing this guy would actively get involved with the very case that could make him lose his job and put him away for life. I think I understand…before he was put on trial, he wanted to be a prosecutor just to tell his boss he saw no motive and therefore throw the case out somehow…but it was a slam dunk case, which kind of forced him into the case. I think that’s right, but it happens so fast that I can’t really see everyone catching that fact. Instead, it looks like this guy gets involved just to throw the case, and when he tries to…it’s really obvious, which makes me ask the question all over again. It makes the movie more confusing than in really needs to be.

Don’t get me wrong, I actually really like the legal thriller aspect of the film, it sets the tone with a big slap in the face. Then again, it just feels like one of those mediocre films that Samuel Jackson likes to do when he has nothing else going on. You know the kind. He has a million of the same kind of films out there for the taking. I do like the types of films he always ends up making, but the quality always seems to fall below that line of expectations. Take that as you will. For me, I’m going to have to classify Reasonable Doubt as mostly forgettable with a hint of “oh yeaaahhh!”

The Good:

The best part of the film was the promotion, which clearly shows Sam Jackson and Dom Cooper on the front. Fans of marvel will be able to recognize both faces, and because there are so many marvel fans, they might actually buy the thing just to watch it.

The Bad:

For the most part, this film is just forgettable. The premise just doesn’t hold enough water to get off the ground, despite the actors at least trying to do a decent job. There are just too many films like this out there, and among the rest, this lacks support.

Memorable Quote:

Mitch Brockden: Maybe he’ll turn himself in.

Clinton Davis: Would you?


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