Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins and Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling are brilliant in this "exceptionally suspenseful nail-biter" (Rex Reed) that's so smart it "doesn't let go, even after the final twist" (Gene Shalit, "Today"). Ted Crawford (Hopkins) brutally murders his wife and calmly waits for the police to arrest him. With the weapon and a signed confession in hand, Deputy D.A., Willy Beachum (Gosling), believes a conviction is a slam dunk; that is until the case completely unravels. Now, with little evidence, Beachum goes head to head with the cunning Mr. Crawford in a desperate search for the truth and the answer to one burning question: How is this guy getting away with murder?
…plot is thin, Anthony Hopkins great as always but a little Hannibal Lecter-ish
Two of my favorite actors! Thought this would be a good flick to download for watching on the plane or killin-time at the coffee shop.
Great cast, acting very good. Add a bit of suspense and it is a good movie. Would recommend.
Somewhat slow but interesting crime movie. Gosling was good but not overboard while anthony Hopkins outdoes himself. The kind of slow mystery with Gosling as the D.A. and Hopkins as the suspect and the movies moves along abbot slowly. A coupled of misses here as the Judge sits in a meeting in her chambers wkith Hopkins and the D.A. , mind you Hopkings the defendant represent himself. After the meeting they all leave quickly and you don't know if Hopkins went out by himself or a bailiff came and took him since he was detained.To me, a miss.However, it was worth the $2.99 to view it. I'd give it a plain B
Cats & Music 2019-04-14
Loved it. You can never go wrong with Anthony Hopkins. First time seeing Ryan Gosling. Movie where I actually was surprised with the ending. A must see.
Jemmy M 2017-09-13
One of the best cat & mouse games played by 2 of the best actors of our time. I HIGHLY recommend this movie.
This started off fast and stayed interesting the entire time. Great acting by Ryan and Anthony. Kept me on the edge of my seat until the end.
This is a great movie, kept me wondering till the end. Great acting, great writing.
lars the lobster 2014-07-11
As previously noted by several critical reviews, this movie ends up being pretty predictable. However, my problem is not all with its predictability. Rather, given its cast, I found the acting to be quite subpar. Further, the dialogue is cliché and lacks creativity. Overall, this is a movie with a solid plot to work upon, but it lacks the creativity that would make it a memorable, worthwhile film… I went into the film with expectations of a thought-provoking, suspenseful drama. And there’s no other way to put this… I came out of the movie feeling quite bored and dissatisfied.
This movie had two great actors in it. I was on a bus trip and needed something to occupy my time. While watching, I was sure I knew the out come, but just when you thought it was going to be the same old same old, snap...the tide turned. Worth the rent for sure. I could own this one!
This lawyer will keep you on the edge watching him fight back against Anthony Hopkins twists and turns to protect himself.
This was an amazing movie...5 stars all the way
Considering the two lead actors you would think it would be decent or at least okay. But sometimes the actors can only do so much with the script given or it wasn't the right role for them. Either way the movie fails to grab your attention.
Perfect movie for when you want a unique thriller, we were very impressed
This is a movie of the best chess game you have ever had. Not to mention thrilling and some comedy moments. The cast is perfect in each role. Watch and see!!
Great app searcher 2012-01-22
This is probably Gosling's best work
I liked this movie! Anthony Hopkins never seems to disappoint..
I am an advanced amateur photographer and enjoy especially beautifully shot pictures and movies, this is a great movie. Aside from the picture quality, the plot is amazing, and Anthony Hopkins is amazing as always. It is definitely worth buying, you might want to watch it again and again and again...
you can't go wrong with ryan gosling and anthony hopkins. they are both amazing actors, and i think they made up for the cliche and unoriginal plot. it was an exciting and suspenseful film, but the "twist" wasn't much of a surprise and the story line has been used in numerous movies before. however, if you are looking for an entertaining movie just to watch, this is great; I was just expecting a little more creativity. another plus...ryan gosling is such a sexy stud, it was easy to watch him for 2 hours.
This was and excellent movie! I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy it at first, but I took the chance-and boy am I glad I did! Superb acting, wonderful story, and amazing twists and turns all come together to make this a really incredible movie! Definitely buy this one!
shawty and babay 2010-02-02
yep that sums it up.
The entire premise of the movie rests on the chance occurrence of an event the likelihood of which is implausible at best. For the diehard Hopkins fan only or for anyone who wants to sit through almost two hours of a highly predictable movie with a very unsatisfying end.
Roy XC 2009-12-20
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS MOVIE. It surely is catchy, and keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat. I'd recommend it to anyone that is into intellectual, well-plotted legal based films!
Anthony and Ryan do a superb acting job and play their roles to perfection. This movie will keep you watching every moment, and have you thinking about what happened and what might happen next. The ending is done brilliantly and has a nice twist on it!
Great suspense movie and good acting!
This movie kept me on edge through out, till the last minute. Must watch
The acting is solid, but the plot is just too predictable. I saw the hook coming an hour before it actually arrived. I waited and waited for Gosling's character to get on board... hoping that there might be something I missed, some unexpected twist to resurrect the plot. Nope... no twist. It really is just that predictable. Bottom line -- if you don't know where this film is going after watching the first half of it, then you simply weren't paying attention.
This movie is about the battle of the minds of the characters. It's not the typical gimmicky movie with the all too common chase scenes. Instead, it has an incredible plot with excellent acting. It kept me riveted to the very end. Definitely one of the best movies I've seen.
I really liked this movie a lot, the ending is unexpected and ryan gosling did amazing :)
just what my title says
A for Awesome 2008-12-29
I stumbled on this movie on accident and decided to rent it late last night. I had never heard of this movie before, but I was looking for something smart, captive, and entertaining. I didn't want to be bored ; I wanted to be sucked in, and I wanted my attention to be held for the entire movie... and this movie does it! Anthony Hopkins is twisted and charming all at once. Ryan Goslings is phenomenal, and you won't be able to take your eyes off him for a second. Good, smart movie with silent strength. Definitely recommend!
Fantastic acting by Anthony Hopkins. And Ryan Gosling is just superb. I love this movie. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Definite buy!