(September 20, 2020) Original
September 25, 2020
From IMDb: “Michael Trainer is a lawyer at the center of a trial in which a for-profit Foster care agency puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as his young client Jamal, with catastrophic results. Michael, a successful litigator with a long career in protecting corporate clients, has been blinded from recognizing the real damage they can cause. He wants nothing to do with Jamal’s case until a Judge forces him to accept it. Initially he sees Jamal, as a thuggish African American youth trying to get a piece of corporate profits. But when Jamal refuses to settle the case for any amount of money, Michael begins his representation in earnest. As their work together reveals the horrifying depth of the corrupt and abusive for-profit Foster care agency, Michael is transformed from reluctant defender to fierce warrior in the battle for justice.”
Poster Rating: C-
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Review: Festival laurels create a lack of balance in this weakly designed, blocky effort.
Trailer Rating: C+
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Review: A formulaic trailer presents a case that might have merit, but feels like it’s trying too hard to tug at certain emotions and convictions. A trailer too focused on manipulation suggests a film of similar style.