Rather pitiful Hollywood paean against the death penalty that pales even outside
the competition from last year's Dead Man Walking. Sharon Stone plays death
row inmate Cindy Liggett, convicted of murdering a couple while in a drug-induced
haze some twelve years earlier. Rob Morrow is Rick Hayes, a rich-kid/lawyer
new to the job. His brother (Peter Gallagher), an aide to the governor, hands him
a clemency board job to keep him out of trouble. Of course, his first case to review
is that of Liggett, and he finds that, though she is guilty, she has changed in the
past twelve years (she took up drawing), and doesn't deserve to die. Unfortunately,
this film never makes any attempt to sway or convince the audience. Cindy Liggett
is a reformed person simply because she is Sharon Stone. Stone does a decent job,
but she can't overcome the ever so blandly typical writing. Morrow never connects
with the audience, and seems lost and confused in his role as the viewer's conscience.
Director Bruce Beresford does a surprisingly hamfisted job at handling the proceedings.
As a result neither Rick Hayes, Cindy Liggett nor this film get any sort of sympathy or
support from the audience.
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