When an ambitious young lawyer takes on a big case against a powerful and ruthless executive of a large pharmaceutical company, he soon finds himself involved in a case of blackmail and corruption.
First-time director, Shintaro Shimosawa pairs two of Hollywood’s most respected and seasoned Academy Award winning actors in Misconduct, a twisted legal thriller about power, corruption, cover-ups and blackmail. Josh Duhamel stars in the lead role, joined by an estimable ensemble cast including Alice Eve, Malin Akerman and Julia Stiles.
The film-noir style thriller begins when ruthless, pharmaceuticals mogul, Arthur Denning (Anthony Hopkins) receives a text message containing an image of his girlfriend, Emily (Malin Akerman), bruised and beaten.
Following a failed ransom exchange, the story shifts to one week earlier where we are introduced to hotshot, ethically challenged but ambitious Southern lawyer, Ben (Josh Duhamel) and his ignored wife, Charlotte (Alice Eve). Charlotte is still deeply depressed over a recent miscarriage when Ben makes the mistake of having a one night stand with his ex-girlfriend, Emily, who also happens to be Arthur Denning’s girlfriend.
Armed with insider information leaked by Emily, involving a cover up about hundreds of deaths caused by Denning’s product, Ben believes that suing Denning will win the favor of his boss, senior partner Charles Abrams (Al Pacino), his law firm’s head honcho, and also Denning’s nemesis.
When the case takes a deadly turn and a terminally ill Korean assassin (Lee Byung-hun) shows up on a motorbike, Ben finds himself on the run. He must uncover the truth before he loses everything.
The film was released in the US in February this year and is released in UK cinemas and Video On Demand today.
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Theatrical & VOD: 3rd June 2016
Runtime: 106 mins approx