By Gregory Hoblit

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2007-04-20
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 53min
  • Director: Gregory Hoblit
  • Production Company: New Line Cinema
  • Production Country: Germany, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 978 Ratings


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?





    By Jemmy M
    One of the best cat & mouse games played by 2 of the best actors of our time. I HIGHLY recommend this movie.
  • Interesting the whole time

    By Bakesiee
    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.
  • Excellent

    By Rambo8649
    This is a great movie, kept me wondering till the end. Great acting, great writing.
  • very well written tight script with good acting.

    By juno.fack.san.diego
    This film was very rarely good at that time. The writing was strong and progressed well. This film eventually informs us the fragile law system at that time. Charging one person with new crime category was one of the flaws in the law system at that time. In my mind, his newly charged crime is almost similar to the previous one (homicide attempt vs. homicide). Stupidity of law system, I can say. Let's put in this words: The victim was almost DEAD when the investigation was conducted. Then, the victim was dead after the truth was revealed. In this manner, when evidence of actual crime was newly identified, NO MATTER HOW, the person who committed crimes should be punished. In other words, "Do you want criminals to be free from committed crimes due to [stupid] law system?" I am not saying, personally executing criminals is okay. Abiding by law is the baseline. However, when law system is not functioning well or is providing lots of escaping points for criminals, that's the problem of law. In fact, I have known many law related films deal with these issues and professional lawyers are good at providing escaping routes to clients.
  • Think again.

    By lars the lobster
    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.
  • Cat and dog (dressed as mouse )

    By Snickerboo66
    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!
  • Great Movie

    By JazzyJanDepp
    This lawyer will keep you on the edge watching him fight back against Anthony Hopkins twists and turns to protect himself.
  • Wow

    By BrookeVT
    This was an amazing movie...5 stars all the way
  • Hm

    By LawFirm21
    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.
  • Solid pick

    By Amyjon
    Perfect movie for when you want a unique thriller, we were very impressed