Plot Summary: Justin Timberlake, in his feature-film debut, stars as a reporter fresh from journalism school who uncovers a hot story of lies and deception within the Edison police department, and does everything in his power to unravel it.
Additional Cast: Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, LL Cool J, Dylan McDermott, John Heard, Cary Elwes, Roselyn Sanchez, Piper Perabo
Director: David J. Burke
Serious Jest: (Worth Watching) This film was surprisingly mediocre, given its all-star cast. We’ve all seen this plot done before, and there was nothing very distinguishing about the way that this movie was written. Additionally, the audio/visual quality gave it the feel of a B movie, instead of one loaded with A-List actors. Some of the dialogue and action was hokey, as well. And more character development might have helped me to care more about the characters…except in the case of LL Cool J & Roselyn Sanchez: LL actually stole the show with his best performance I’ve seen, and Sanchez once again delivers “The Girlfriend Experience” (see my review of The Dilemma for an explanation, as applied to Jennifer Connelly). Also, there are some very cool action scenes, like the opening one, which sets a very high bar that, unfortunately, the movie later fails to uphold…too bad, because at the beginning of the film, I thought I’d found a hidden gem of a movie. All in all, this flick is worth watching because its cast is awesome, and the actors look like they’re having fun with their roles, especially Morgan Freeman, who even shows us some of his dance floor moves. Also, as a lawyer, the following quote rang very true to me: “Justice is a lot like journalism. Sometimes the most important questions are the ones you decide not to ask.”