Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Criminal Law (1988)

Oldman plays Ben Chase, a defense attorney formerly a prosecutor who defends a man named Martin Thiel, accused of murder. He gets him off with a verdict of not guilty. But when he finds another body in the woods one rainy night he eventually realizes that it’s Martin who is guilty and out killing again. Martin wants to retain Ben when suspicion falls on him for the second murder that Ben knows he committed. Ben wants to change the first not guilty plea so he agrees to work as Thiel’s attorney, hoping for inside information that will convict him. Both Oldman, who plays the protagonist and Bacon, the complete opposite as the creepy psychotic villain are amazing in this underrated thriller. Starring Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen Young, Joe Don Baker, Michael Sinelnikoff 8/10

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