Presumed Guilty without a second thought
Danielle Muller | Sailing, sailing o'er the deep blue sea :) | 07/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Presumed Guilty is a pretty decent movie about one man's relationship with his father, and how adversity brought them closer together. Based on a true story, its basically about the core elements of a family trying to stay strong while their son is in jail for a crime he didn't commit. Brendan Fraser plays Robert, a high school drop out, who at the age of twenty buys crack and drinks his life away on a lousy salarly from his pizza delivery job. Martin Sheen plays the foster father, who doesn't believe his adopted son is any good, but wants to love him nevertheless.
Their relationship comes to a head when a boy is murdered the particular night Brendan comes back home wasted. The only eye witness to the murder is a fifteen yr old boy, who swears Brendan was the one doing the killing. Although Brendan is clean, his card is accidently pulled from the police archives as someone elses with the same name. Just slightly different spelling. No one believes Brendan, not even his father until Brendan is convicted for the crime and sentanced to fifteen years at Sing Sing. Enraged, Martin Sheen tries to get Brendan out, but the damage has been done.
Martin goes to the police, but the homicide detective that sentanced Brendan refuses to admit the mistake even though he knows he was wrong. Not even the presiding Judge or sentancing Lawyer will admit their fatal mistake. Not until Martin pulls in his cop friend from out of the precint will anyone even begin to listen to him. So begins a five year Campaign to free his son, one that cements their father-son relationship and causes them to discover a friendship they never believed could or would exist. Five years later, (and now twenty-five, buff and gorgeous) Brendan finally is given another trial. He is declared innocent and let out.
Rather long and drawn out, the picture gets fuzzy and the sound quality is pretty bad. Presumed Guilty is also one of Brendan's first movies, so its not the best of his works, also the accent he tries to do falters at times, and comes off more of a lisp than anything else. He's still sexy though, that will never change.
Martin Sheen is pretty good also, his scenes are done with a such finesse that when he cries one can actually feel the heartbreak he's trying to convey. A truly remarkable actor.
For both these actors and true fans of Brendan I recommmand this movie, however if you're just a casual Fraser fan i'd look elseware for one of his better movies."