Ty Burr
September 27, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Under Suspicion

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman
director
Stephen Hopkins

We gave it an C+

Has filthy rich lawyer Henry Hearst (Gene Hackman) been raping and strangling the young girls of Puerto Rico, or is island cop Victor Benezet (Morgan Freeman) after the wrong man? While you won’t see the answer coming, you may also get a little bored waiting around for it.

Based on the 1981 French film ”Garde à Vue,” Under Suspicion pits the two actors against each other in a ”long night of the soul” talkathon that director Stephen Hopkins’ jerky editing techniques can’t quite spark into sustained life. Freeman and Hackman executive produced — and who else would give two of today’s finest character stars such meaty parts? Unfortunately, the emphasis here is on the chewing rather than the meal.

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