THE TRIAL

Courtroom Suspense

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Release Date: September 10, 2010

Starring: Matthew Modine, Clare Carey, Randy Wayne, Rance Howard, Nikki DeLoach, Robert Forster, Bob Gunton

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older children to adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 101 minutes

Address Comments To:

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
Website: www.fox.com

Content:

(C, BBB, V, S, A, DD, M) Light Christian worldview with discussions about God but no mention of Jesus and a lawyer needs to let go and let God take over, plus strong moral points about honesty, loyalty, courage, and caring; no foul language; minor violence such as hitting, man shot in leg but nothing shown, car accident discussed, and suicide contemplated; no sex but discussion of inappropriate sexual advances; no nudity; alcohol use; villain drugs lawyer and discussion of two other characters being drugged; and, deceitful psychologist who tries to drug and kill lawyer and hires a killer to eliminate a wealthy heiress, lawyer fights for justice.

Summary:

THE TRIAL is about a down-and-out attorney, who struggles with his family’s accidental death and takes a murder case involving the strangulation of a wealthy heiress. THE TRIAL is reminiscent of a good Perry Mason courtroom drama, with a light Christian worldview, and it’s acceptable viewing for teenagers and adults.

Review:

THE TRIAL is reminiscent of a good Perry Mason courtroom drama. Well constructed, it tells the story of a down-and-out attorney, named Mac McClain, who can’t get over the death of his family in a car accident.

The opening scene shows Mac trying to decide between committing suicide with a pistol shot to the head or by drugs because of the tragic automobile accident death of his family. Just at that moment, the judge calls him to ask him to take a case that seems to be a lost cause. The judge is hoping the case will bring back Mac to his former glory from his depressed current state of mind.

The case involves a young man, Peter Thompson, who was found next to a car wreck with the car keys in his hands and his girlfriend dead in the passenger seat. The girlfriend was a wealthy heiress. Her death was not caused by the wreck, but by strangulation. Compounding the problem is that the girl had date rape drugs in her bloodstream, and Peter had amphetamines in his bloodstream. Peter’s defense is that he doesn’t remember anything.

After a dark night of the soul, Mac decides to take the case because Peter reminds him of his son. Opposing Mac is a very sharp Atlanta prosecutor, Joe Whetstone. Joe hires a psychiatrist who finds Peter is homicidal. Mac hires a female psychiatrist who does tests on Peter suggesting he’s just depressed.

As the case progresses, Joe introduces more and more information suggesting Peter is guilty. However, there are slight clues that it may be the young girl’s uncle who was abusing her. Things get messy, it seems like there’s no hope in sight, and Mac has to release his grief to God.

The direction of THE TRIAL is very good. The acting is convincing and powerful. The movie is extremely well plotted, but there is not as much joy in the resolution as there should be because the script does not clearly differentiate regarding whom should be the object of the audience’s primary focus for the ultimate resolution: Mac or Peter. This is a very minor problem. As it is, the movie is very enjoyable, but it is rated PG-13 for the attempted suicide, the druggings, a shooting, and the strangulation. There is no foul language, nudity or sex in THE TRIAL, and MOVIEGUIDE® gives it a slight caution for younger children.

In Brief:

THE TRIAL is reminiscent of a good Perry Mason courtroom drama. A judge gives a murder case to a down-and-out attorney, named Mac McClain, who can’t get over the death of his family in a car accident. The case involves a young man, Peter Thompson, who was found next to another car wreck with the car keys in his hands and his girlfriend dead in the passenger seat. The girlfriend was a wealthy heiress. Her death was not caused by the wreck, but by strangulation. Things get messy for Mac and his client, it begins to seem like there’s no hope in sight, and Mac has to release his grief to God.

The direction of THE TRIAL is very good. The acting is powerful. Also, the movie is extremely well plotted. However, the resolution is ambivalent because the movie does not clearly say whom the audience is rooting for: Mac or Peter. This is a minor problem. As it is, the movie is very enjoyable, but it is rated PG-13 for an attempted suicide, some druggings, a shooting, and the strangulation. So, THE TRIAL requires a slight caution for younger children.

** CHRISTIAN DVD GUIDE **

HEADLINE: ** Courtroom Suspense **

Title: THE TRIAL

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +1

SUBTITLES: None

WARNING CODES:

Language: None

Violence: V

Sex: S

Nudity: None

RATING: PG-13

RELEASE: September 10, 2010

TIME: 101 minutes

STARRING: Matthew Modine, Clare Carey, Randy Wayne, Rance Howard, Nikki DeLoach, Robert Forster, Bob Gunton

DIRECTOR: Gary Wheeler

PRODUCERS: Gary Wheeler, Mark Freiburger, Matthew Modine

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Robert Whitlow, Kathy Whitlow, Brad Mix, John Ayers, Reid McGraw

WRITER: Mark Freiburger, Gary Wheeler, Robert Whitlow

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY: Robert Whitlow

DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment/News Corp.

CONTENT: (C, BBB, V, S, A, DD, M) Light Christian worldview with discussions about God but no mention of Jesus and a lawyer needs to let go and let God take over, plus strong moral points about honesty, loyalty, courage, and caring; no foul language; minor violence such as hitting, man shot in leg but nothing shown, car accident discussed, and suicide contemplated; no sex but discussion of inappropriate sexual advances; no nudity; alcohol use; villain drugs lawyer and discussion of two other characters being drugged; and, deceitful psychologist who tries to drug and kill lawyer and hires a killer to eliminate a wealthy heiress, lawyer fights for justice.

GENRE: Drama

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Older children to adults

REVIEWER: Dr. Ted Baehr

REVIEW: THE TRIAL is reminiscent of a good Perry Mason courtroom drama. Well constructed, it tells the story of a down-and-out attorney, named Mac McClain, who can’t get over the death of his family in a car accident.

The opening scene shows Mac trying to decide between committing suicide with a pistol shot to the head or by drugs because of the tragic automobile accident death of his family. Just at that moment, the judge calls him to ask him to take a case that seems to be a lost cause. The judge is hoping the case will bring back Mac to his former glory from his depressed current state of mind.

The case involves a young man, Peter Thompson, who was found next to a car wreck with the car keys in his hands and his girlfriend dead in the passenger seat. The girlfriend was a wealthy heiress. Her death was not caused by the wreck, but by strangulation. Compounding the problem is that the girl had date rape drugs in her bloodstream, and Peter had amphetamines in his bloodstream. Peter’s defense is that he doesn’t remember anything.

After a dark night of the soul, Mac decides to take the case because Peter reminds him of his son. Opposing Mac is a very sharp Atlanta prosecutor, Joe Whetstone. Joe hires a psychiatrist who finds Peter is homicidal. Mac hires a female psychiatrist who does tests on Peter suggesting he’s just depressed.

As the case progresses, Joe introduces more and more information suggesting Peter is guilty. However, there are slight clues that it may be the young girl’s uncle who was abusing her. Things get messy, it seems like there’s no hope in sight, and Mac has to release his grief to God.

The direction of THE TRIAL is very good. The acting is convincing and powerful. The movie is extremely well plotted, but there is not as much joy in the resolution as there should be because the script does not clearly differentiate regarding whom should be the object of the audience’s primary focus for the ultimate resolution: Mac or Peter. This is a very minor problem. As it is, the movie is very enjoyable, but it is rated PG-13 for the attempted suicide, the druggings, a shooting, and the strangulation. There is no foul language, nudity or sex in THE TRIAL, and MOVIEGUIDE® gives it a slight caution for younger children.

Please address your comments to:

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.

Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.

Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO

Fox Filmed Entertainment

20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)

10201 West Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone: (310) 369-1000

Website: www.fox.com

SUMMARY: THE TRIAL is about a down-and-out attorney, who struggles with his family’s accidental death and takes a murder case involving the strangulation of a wealthy heiress. THE TRIAL is reminiscent of a good Perry Mason courtroom drama, with a light Christian worldview, and it’s acceptable viewing for teenagers and adults.

IN BRIEF:

THE TRIAL is reminiscent of a good Perry Mason courtroom drama. A judge gives a murder case to a down-and-out attorney, named Mac McClain, who can’t get over the death of his family in a car accident. The case involves a young man, Peter Thompson, who was found next to another car wreck with the car keys in his hands and his girlfriend dead in the passenger seat. The girlfriend was a wealthy heiress. Her death was not caused by the wreck, but by strangulation. Things get messy for Mac and his client, it begins to seem like there’s no hope in sight, and Mac has to release his grief to God.

The direction of THE TRIAL is very good. The acting is powerful. Also, the movie is extremely well plotted. However, the resolution is ambivalent because the movie does not clearly say whom the audience is rooting for: Mac or Peter. This is a minor problem. As it is, the movie is very enjoyable, but it is rated PG-13 for an attempted suicide, some druggings, a shooting, and the strangulation. So, THE TRIAL requires a slight caution for younger children.