Gregory Hoblit (2007)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Gregory Hoblit's stylish crime thriller opens with Anthony Hopkins's aeronautical engineer shooting his unfaithful wife (Embeth Davidtz). The cat-and-mouse games begin when Hopkins decides to plead not guilty and defend himself in court, pitting his wits against Ryan Gosling's assistant DA, who has a 97 per cent successful prosecution record. This is Gosling's last case before he takes a job in the lucrative private sector and it looks like a formality (there's even a confession), but the twist here is that the arresting officer (Billy Burke) was Davidtz's lover. Hoblit (Primal Fear) is an old hand at this sort of thing, and Hopkins and Gosling spark nicely off each other (just try to ignore Hopkins's inconsistent accent). Also representing Britain in the Anglo-American cast is Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day), who plays a cool-as-ice lawyer grooming Gosling for his new career in company law, and Fiona Shaw as a sharp-tongued, dry-witted judge. There's nothing particularly new here and some of the plot contortions border on the preposterous, but fans of twisting courtroom thrillers will find it an entertaining diversion.


An ambitious district attorney takes on what he believes to be an open-and-shut case - prosecuting a wealthy man who has confessed to shooting his wife, leaving her in a coma. But when the defendant arranges to represent himself in court, he proceeds to meticulously tear apart the evidence against him. Thriller, starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling.

Cast & Crew

Ted Crawford Anthony Hopkins
Willy Beachum Ryan Gosling
Joe Lobruto David Strathairn
Nikki Gardner Rosamund Pike
Jennifer Crawford Embeth Davidtz
Detective Rob Nunally Billy Burke
Detective Flores Cliff Curtis
Judge Gardner Bob Gunton
Judge Moran Xander Berkeley
Judge Robinson Fiona Shaw
Director Gregory Hoblit
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Apr 2007