Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Overlooked Movies -- Suspect

http://images.sodahead.com/polls/002387119/1447585864_suspect1987_answer_6_xlarge.jpegIf you haven't seen this movie, I don't blame you for being a little skeptical about the casting.  Cher as a public defender in Washington, D.C.?  In a courtroom drama? What could be more unlikely than that?  If you watch the movie, however, I think you'll become a believer.  I did.  Cher is very, very good.

Here's the deal: Liam Neeson plays a homeless vet.  He's a deaf mute.  And he's accused of killing an aide to a Supreme Court justice who's recently committed suicide.  The evidence, such as it is, points to Neeson's guilt.  Cher thinks he might be guilty, but it's her job to defend him.  When the trial begins, she starts getting notes that hint there's more going on than she knows.  Here's where you might stop believing again, since the notes are coming from a juror (Dennis Quaid), who (in an even more unlikely turn) teams up with Cher to find the real killers.  Lots of suspense and a surprise ending, plus, of course, some romance.

This is slick Hollywood movie-making that's out to entertain you.  It sure entertained me.


Todd Mason said...

Well, she's at least as well-suited as Richard Gere as gynecologist or lawyer...if not quite as convincing as she was as a biker.

Glen Davis said...

I dunno, it was a little too slick, and filled with 80s vintage social commentary. Cher keeps whining about going private and making real money, but she seems so incompetent she's lucky the public defender's office keeps her on.

Anonymous said...

Slick, yes, but too stupid to be at all believable.