Spacey is promising as an alcoholic philosophy professor who gets the death penalty for allegedly raping and murdering his close friend (Laura Linney), an anti – capital punishment activist. But director Alan Parker kills what could have been a great whodunit with heavy-handed political rhetoric and misuse of a talented all-star cast. Despite his Oscar-gilded abilities, Spacey ultimately fools no one as a sought-after campus hunk, Linney is underused, and Kate Winslet – as the reporter unearthing the truth – is a crying bore. Still, it’s the cheap twist ending that really does Gale in. EXTRAS Skip ‘em: Does anyone really need to hear a play-by-play commentary that explains weather conditions and music, but offers little insight into that awful ending?
Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Matt Craven, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann; Director: Alan Parker; Author: Charles Randolph; Producer (person): Nicolas Cage, Alan Parker; Release Date Wide: 02/21/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 131; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Universal
Posted July 25 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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