Posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino have both been acting steadily since the 1960s, starring in some of the most iconic films of all time and winning an Oscar each along the way. But somehow, they’ve never actually shared the screen until Misconduct.
Directed by Shintaro Shimosawa (Fox’s The Following), the thriller stars the two titans as corporate rivals. Hopkins is a corrupt pharmaceutical executive, while Pacino is a senior partner at a high-profile firm. Josh Duhamel is the lawyer who gets caught in the middle, and finds himself trapped in a web of lies and intrigue. Watch the first Misconduct trailer after the jump.
Check out the Misconduct trailer below… or maybe don’t, actually, if you’re already planning to see the movie. It seems to give away kind of a lot.
The Misconduct trailer starts out looking like a legal thriller about an ambitious lawyer taking down a shady billionaire, but then becomes a story about how Duhamel’s character can’t keep it in his pants. His ill-advised decision to cheat on his wife (Alice Eve) with a femme fatale (Malin Akerman) leads to blackmail and murder and more terrible stuff. Julia Stiles plays a law enforcement officer who’s apparently trying to make heads and tails of the whole twisted story.
I know hindsight is 20/20, but it sure seems like a lot of characters in thrillers would be better off if they’d just admit they cheated on their spouses. Infidelity sucks, but the consequence of trying to cover up an indiscretion invariably turns out to suck much, much more.
Misconduct doesn’t look awful, just kind of generic — and that’s pretty disappointing given what a solid cast is involved. Part of the problem may be that the trailer focuses on Duhamel, who for all his charms is no Pacino or Hopkins. Pacino revealed to USA Today that he adopted a New Orleans accent for the role, and worked with an FBI profiler to better understand his sociopathic character. Hopkins turned for guidance to an acquaintance who’d once worked in the Israeli Secret Service. Watching them go toe-to-toe should be fun, but we don’t get much of that in the trailer.
If you’re a fan of any of these actors, though, Misconduct could be worth checking out. Especially since you won’t even need to leave the house to do so. Misconduct is in theaters and on demand February 5, 2016.