Don’t be fooled by the stars in this film! Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino support Josh Duhamel in this flimsy drama and it doesn’t do anything but disappoint. Misconduct follows Duhamel’s character as he takes part in a power struggle with an influential CEO, played by Hopkins, and although the story could have potential its execution fails miserably.
One of the notable frustrations is the lack of substance in the characters. This is a combination of poor writing and even worse acting. There are some great actors in this film, however, the performances play like a great façade. Duhamel, especially, portrays a lacklustre character with no real motives behind his actions. Throughout the movie the audience is constantly trying to decipher his thought process, wondering why he would do such stupid things, and each time they draw a blank.
It could be possible to ignore the awfully written characters if the plot showed some promise. Although it seems to have a strong concept at the beginning, Misconduct quickly loses all sanity, leaving the story filled with plot holes and more questions – and not the good kind. A large fraction of the film echoes Fincher’s Gone Girl: the colour palette, the psychotic girlfriend, the even crazier wife and the dramatic music, but the plot twists are just not as exciting. They seem rushed, careless, and are an insult to the audience when presented.
Laughable at best, Misconduct is a comedic parody of what a drama is supposed to look like. Unfortunately, there are no redeeming qualities and even its cast members can’t venture to save it.
Misconduct is released nationwide on 3rd June 2016.
Watch the trailer for Misconduct here: