A thriller with a twist, demonstrating that “Ambition can be deadly.”

Misconduct, Blu-ray (2015)

Cast: Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins
Director: Shintaro Shimosawa
Studio: Lionsgate (4/19/16)
Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 widescreen, 1080p HD color
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English
Extras: “The Making of Misconduct” featurette; Deleted scenes; Trailer Gallery
Length: 93 min.
Rating: ****

This thriller begins with an ambitious young lawyer played by Josh Duhamel getting involved again with his former mentally unstable but sexy girlfriend even though he is married. He finds evidence incriminating the corrupt wealthy pharmaceutical executive, who has produced a medicine that has killed numerous people. He soon finds himself stuck in a power struggle between the medical company magnate and his firm’s senior partner (played by Al Pacino). Hopkins is his usual best as the cool medical magnate. It takes awhile at the beginning to figure out what is going on.

The case suddenly takes a deadly turn and the lawyer may lose not only his wife but also his career and possibly his life. Pacino is so good at playing a real baddie, that we know in the end he is going to be the one behind this mess, and the young lawyer risks everything to prove it. Even that is not the end of the film, because a denouement proves that his wife has had a hand in the whole thing too. While the pacing is at times rather slow and boring, and the character of the henchman is not properly developed, the three leads make for a fairly thrilling ride.

—John Sunier