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Synopsis: A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate the case of a man convicted of murdering a Sheriff. There is more here than just overturning a conviction though as the reporter’s younger brother will discover.

Main Cast: Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray

The Hype: Nicole Kidman was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe but did not win, that honour went to Anne Hathaway. I think its safe to say that this film hasn’t been hyped at all really.

What I Thought: With a cast like this you would have thought they would have been able to make it better, but a cast can only work with what its got and I’m afraid what they had wasn’t much. Based on the novel by Peter Dexter, this film that is a mere 107 minutes seemed to drag on forever. It’s quite simply an awful movie and I wasn’t expecting what I got. The trailer makes it out to be something akin to The Lincoln Lawyer – someone investigating a wrongfully convicted man blah blah, but the movie just isn’t like that. It tries to be all deep and meaningful about relationships, teenage crushes, even homosexuality is used as a tool to invoke feeling from the viewer here. Also, just like her singing, you cannot understand a word Macy Gray says…go figure.

Conclusions: I found it dull, misleading and tiresome. I cannot give it a nothing mark because it wasn’t the very good cast’s fault, but I cannot give it anything much better than a half mark. Poor show folks. This movie would make a great 2 Bleep Minimum on Critical Penguin for sure. This was one of the flops of the year for sure.

Smurfin’ The Web Rating: halfstar