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Misconduct  (DVD)


Stars: Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Alice Eve, Malin Akerman, Byung-hun Lee, Julia Stiles, Glen Powell

Director: Shintaro Shimosawa

What can you get from two Oscar winners and a current cinema hunk?

The Oscar-winners are, of course, Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino, the hunk being Josh Duhamel, playing a lawyer with high ethical standards (so perhaps Misconduct is actually a fantasy rather than a thriller?), who is determined to bring to book a crooked pharmaceutical company owner whose latest profit-making drug has killed luckless patients.

Unfortunately for Duhamel, who works in Pacino’s law firm, things soon go dangerously pear-shaped. Hopkins’ former mistress and now Duhamel’s girlfriend (Malin Akerman), from whom he obtained the evidence against the drugs baron, is murdered.

But while the storyline becomes more and more complicated, the film fizzles out.

Pacino and Hopkins simply saunter through their roles with little to recall with interest about their by their by-the-book performances.

Alan Frank

USA 2016. UK Distributor: Bulldog Films. Colour.
101 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 2, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 1, Swearing 2.

Review date: 12 Aug 2016