Rating Explanation: for a sex scene, violence and brief strong language.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: A stupid, boring and predictable remake of a stupid, boring and predictable 1956 movie.
DVD Features: Audio commentary with writer/cinematographer/director Peter Hyams and actor Jesse Metcalfe; The whole truth-the making of Beyond a Reasonable Doubt; Criminal forensics-the burden of proof.
Michael Douglas ... Mark Hunter
Jesse Metcalfe ... C.J. Nicholas
Amber Tamblyn ... Ella Crystal
Orlando Jones ... Ben Nickerson
Joel Moore ... Corey Finley
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
A high profile crooked Louisiana district attorney, Martin Hunter (Michael Douglas "Wonder Boys") has an impeccable record putting criminals behind bars and is a shoo-in for governor in the upcoming election. But when ambitious rookie journalist, C.J. Nicholas (Jesse Metcalfe "John Tucker Must Die") who suspects the district attorney of fabricating evidence, begins investigating Hunter for evidence tampering to secure his convictions, the district attorney’s perfect record is up for scrutiny. Commencing a risky game of cat and mouse with Hunter, C.J. aided by a colleague (Joel David Moore "The Shaggy Dog"), frames himself for the murder of a prostitute.
Romantically involved with C.J. but unaware of his assignment, assistant D.A. Ella Crystal (Amber Tamblyn "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") becomes caught between her boss’s political ambitions and C.J.’s dangerous exposé. As mounting evidence stacks up against both men, Ella’s own life becomes threatened when she discovers incriminating proof that puts the fate of both Nicholas’ innocence and Hunter’s reputation in her hands.
Director Peter Hyams ("Timecop") removed the anti-death-penalty slant from the original 1956 screenplay as this remake ofFritz Lang's Beyond a Reasonable Doubt moves along without much excitement or emotional depth. Despite some excellent stunt work and a brief appearance by Orlando Jones ("Runaway Jury") as an unflappable cop, this stupid, boring and predictable movie never rises above mediocrity.