The Trial on DVD
by Phil Boatwright

The Trial, directed by Gary Wheeler (The List), will be released on DVD from 20th Century FOX Home Entertainment on November 9, 2010

FILM SYNOPSIS: The Trial, winner of BEST FEATURE at the Grand Rapids Film Festival, is a riveting courtroom drama based on the Award-Winning Novel from Robert Whitlow. The Trial follows small-town attorney Kent "Mac" McClain (Matthew Modine; Full Metal Jacket, Any Given Sunday), who is left devastated and purposeless by the horrific death of his wife and two sons in a tragic accident. Just before concluding suicide to be his only option from his sorrow, McClain agrees to take on one final case. Defending accused murderer Peter Thomason (Randy Wayne; To Save a Life) against capital punishment, McClain begins the trial that transforms his life and the lives of those around him forever.

PREVIEW REVIEW: An engaging courtroom drama, complete with moving performances and a subtle spiritual theme, this is one for the home DVD library. Its messages of life-has-value and when we've come as far as we can, let go and let God… are clear, yet gently placed into the parable.
While I suspect the filmmaker intended to use this story as a spiritual think piece, he never overplays his hand. What's more, he brings the best to his production, including veteran character actors who caress a line and its meaning, and a behind-the-camera crew who light, photograph and art-direct with style and professionalism.

Subtitles: English/French/Spanish
U.S. Rating: PG-13
Total Run Time: 101 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes