Unfortunately, the movie just wasnít very interesting. It was slow and like the poster, it just couldnít decide what it wanted to be. At times it seemed like it was trying to be funny (which it wasnít) and at other times it tried to be dramatic (which it wasnít). So I have to feel sorry for the kids at video stores when they try to find a section for this one. My suggestion would be to put one copy in every section to eliminate confusion.
Another problem with the film was that the motives of the supporting characters were never made clear. Ok, the DA hated him, but why? The mob boss hated him, but why? Reasons and motivations were hinted at, but in order for us to feel for the main character, we needed developed storylines for why we should care. It said in the beginning that much of the dialogue in the film was taken directly from the actual testimony. That makes perfect sense to me because when Jackie talks in the courtroom, it doesnít match at all to the way he talked outside of it. It seemed that he instantly found a way to form his sentences and structure his dialogue as soon as he left the courtroom.
However, I will say that Lumet found a way to get the audience to root for the bad guys. We all know organized crime is horrible, but for some reason, we root for them in the movies. Lumet continues the trend here by doing a fine job of showing us the strength of the defenseís case and the weakness of the district attorneyís.
There are also some TV spots and some Previews.