The mobster Jackie DiNorscio is shot by his own cousin at home while in probation but survives. Later he is arrested dealing drugs and sentenced to thirty years in prison. The prosecutor Sean Kierney proposes a deal to Jackie, immediately releasing him if he testifies against the Lucchese family and other mafia families but Jackie does not accept to rat his friends that he loves. When the trial begins, he asks the judge Finestein to defend himself without the assistance of a lawyer. ––IMDb
Sidney Lumet (born June 25, 1924) is an American film director, with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which, except for Serpico (1973), earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.
According to The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Lumet is one of the most prolific directors of the modern era making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He is especially noted for his ability to draw major actors to his projects. “Because of his visual economy, strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and use of the camera to accent themes,” states Turner Classic Movies. “Lumet produced a body of work that could only be defined as extraordinary.”
One of his steady themes during his career has been the “fragility of justice and the police and their corruption,” according to Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film. He can deliver… read more
**1/2. Courtroom movie handled like a comedy by Sidney Lumet. The sole act of violence of the film, the failed murder attempt on Vin Diesel, will make you laugh. Can we really talk about serious matters with a smile? seems to be Lumet's question. As always with this director, you'll have to take side and judge this movie with your morals. The film deserves to be seen at least once because of Vin Diesel's performance is good. Almost already forgotten.
I love this film, I think it hits every note perfectly, and is seriously deserving of more acclaim. Vin Diesel is perfectly cast here, and finally gets to show people that he's capable of more than xXx and Fast and Furious.