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Drama - Conspiracy

Misconduct (2016)


Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Shintaro Shimosawa
Writers/Script Simon Boyes, Adam Mason
Starring Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Alice Eve, Malin Akerman, Byung-hun Lee, Julia Stiles,

Elevator Pitch: Ben Cahill, a young and ambitious lawyer is persuaded to meet up with a former lover, Emily Hynes, who is in a difficult relationship with the billionaire head of a pharmacutical company. She provides him with evidence of the billionaire’s wrongdoing but is unsuccessful in an effort to recruit him to fake her kidnapping. The lawyer proposes to his boss that they take a class action against the boss of the pharma company but he finds that the lives of both he and his wife are at risk, particularly when he discovers Emily dead.

Content: Emily gets down to her pants in her attempt to seduce Ben. He has meetings with his boss and also with Arthur Denning the billionaire. Emily’s kidnap appears to take place and Denning hires a couple of private detectives to advise him. Ben argues a bit with his wife, who is a nurse and works double shifts because they are hard up. There is some drinking and some violence of various sorts, including people being attacked by a murderous motorcyclist.

A View: This was a low budget outing despite the presence of the acting greats. One assumes they were able to do their bits in a few hours. It still did not make its money back and was disliked by the critics. As for my view, there was one character who I could not identify despite the fact that she was attacked by the motorcyclist and almost killed by the nurse. Reading the Wikipedia plot summary I could still not identify her; had I dropped off I wondered. And when it came to the reveal – well I’ll go to the foot of our stairs! So a terrible film which I have nominated as a DON’T SEE.

Additional info: Maybe the lowest opening weekend ever taking about $125.

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