Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Under Suspicion (2000)

Synopsis: Scuzzy lawyer likes really young girls. Scuzzy cop wants to know what he likes to do with them.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Everyone has secrets. Some of them are crimes. Two men. One night. The police captain on the island of Puerto Rico interviews a prominent tax attorney and old friend – the witness to one of a shocking series of brutal crimes. But what begins as a cooperative conversation between peers descends into a night of intense interrogation between fierce adversaries.”

What Did I Learn?: If you’re going to lie to the cops, it’s best to come up with a good story off the bat and then stick to it.

You Might Like This Movie If: You enjoy a good interrogation.

Really?: 1) Wouldn’t a rich guy be able to afford a better toupee? 2) What are the odds of Hackman having photographs of both murdered girls? 3) Umm...innocent people sometimes plead guilty to crimes because they’re poor, can’t afford legal representation, and figure they’re better off with a plea bargain. Generally speaking, rich lawyers don’t admit to raping and killing children because they’re down in the dumps.

Rating: Under Suspicion is a tense psycho-drama featuring fine performances from Hackman and Freeman (as well as Thomas Jane and Monica Bellucci in supporting roles). While I recommend this movie, it’s seriously undermined by an unsatisfying and highly unbelievable ending. 7/10 stars.

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