Reasonable Doubt, despite its appealing cast of Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper, struggles to be anything more than a mediocre thriller dumped for release in the heart of winter. At least its Chicago setting is suitably cold.  

The film stars Cooper as district attorney Mitch Brockden, a new dad with a devoted wife and promising career ahead of him. After a poor drunken decision, he’s involved in a hit-and-run accident that leaves a man dead and another man, Clinton Davis (Jackson), accused of murder. Brockden’s guilty conscience leads him to throw the case and get Davis freed, only to discover that he just freed a dangerous man.



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