Willy Beachum (Gosling) is an attorney who decides to take one last case before moving up the career ladder - an open and shut case where a wealthy structural engineer has shot his wife, and signed a confession. However the accused, Ted Crawford (Hopkins), has a little trick up his sleeve -- nobody can prove he has even committed a crime.
Our Rating: 7/10 - Would be an 8 if Hopkins didn't have that annoying and terrible Irish accent!
Watchability: 7/10 - One of the better court-room dramas out there
Tagline: I shot my wife...prove it.
- Country: USA, Germany
- Language: English
- Runtime: 153
- Revenue: $39,015,018
- Production: New Line Cinema
So, how does the movie end??
At the hearing, Crawford addresses the court that if no new evidence has been found, then he wants to move for a dismissal. The Judge looks to Willy, who can't bring himself to plant evidence using his friend. The Judge has no choice but to acquit Crawford and stop proceedings.
Ted taunts DA Joe Lobruto as he leaves. Willy's career is in ruins. Suddenly Willy hears a gun shot and runs to the court steps to see that Lobruto has killed himself. Ted watched the whole thing, and calmly walks away.
Crawford soon takes a court order out against Willy who starts to become a nuisance. Willy desperately tries to get help from Nikki (his girlfriend) with the closed case but instead she leaves him. Willy is also too late to stop Crawford taking his wife off life support.
Willy finally figures it all out and confronts Crawford. Crawford is preparing to leave the country, and gladly admits to his master plan --- He knew his wife was having an affair with the DA. So he went to their hotel room and switched guns. He then used the Detective's gun to shoot his wife. When the DA turned up at the house, he was distracted and the guns were switched. And that's the reason why Ted's gun was never fired.
Crawford knows all about the Double Jeopardy law (which is a grey area) -- until Willy reveals his ace - they can match the bullet in his dead wife with the murder weapon, and it's no longer Double Jeopardy since the first crime was attempted murder - but now that he let his wife die, the charges will be for murder --- and may bring about the death penalty.
Beachum opens the doors on a dumbfounded Crawford to reveal the police waiting outside.
As it ends we're back in court, but this time Ted is not so confident and has surrounded himself with the best lawyers he can buy.