‘Reasonable Doubt’ doesn’t live up to its potential | 1 star

Updated: 2014-01-15T22:18:22Z

Rated R | Time: 1:30

A hot-shot district attorney (Dominic Cooper) throws back one too many tequila shots and, on the way home, accidentally runs over a man and leaves him for dead.

The next morning he discovers that a bystander (Samuel L. Jackson), trying to help the victim, ends up charged with the murder. And our wayward D.A. is the one to prosecute.

Chuck Bowen of Slant Magazine says it’s a reasonable premise that doesn’t live up to its potential:

“Unfortunately, director Peter P. Croudins and screenwriter Peter A. Dowling have quite a bit more plot to get through yet, as their film switches conceits two or three more times before eventually settling on a rushed, unsatisfying conclusion. … You may feel as if you’re watching two or three abbreviated episodes of ‘Law & Order’ in quick succession rather than a fully realized movie.”

It opens Friday at the AMC Studio 30.

| Sharon Hoffmann, The Star

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