Suspect (1987)

Mistrial, held in contempt of court, guilty, innocent… if these words brought to mind a legal drama of unparalleled proportions then you would be both right and wrong; right in that the movie “Suspect” is a court drama but wrong that it is a grandiose film. While having somewhat of a decent plot and possessing a cast more for the eyes than effect I cannot say I had a lot to say about this film.

The plot is about Kathleen Rily, an overworked public defender who, despite pleas for a vacation, has been assigned a new case: defend a homeless man, his accusation being the cold-blooded killing of a legal secretary. Being both “deaf and dumb” Ms. Rily has her work cut out for her. Yet she ultimately, with the help of an amateur sleuth, preservers and uncovers not only her client’s innocence but a wide conspiracy as well.

All things considered it is not a bad movie. The acting of pop icon Cher isn’t terrible, which is something I wasn’t expecting. This is in addition to how the movie is directed: at times the plot gives the viewer a warm feel for the proceedings of law. Still there is not much positive to say about it either. As the whole feel has much of the taste of sloppy work; sub-plots are rushed, character development is awkward and irregular, the soundtrack is boring, and the ending predictable.

Simply said there is not many exceptional words to be said about it. In the ever larger growing cannon of films this is just another mediocre drop in an already almost substantially large ocean. It won’t put you to sleep (assuming you like legal thrillers) but it also will not inspire you to go into legal work. At the end of the day it is just another film, with just another spot in history.

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