Under Suspicion is a thriller directed by Stephen Hopkins. It stars Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Monica Bellucci and Thomas Jane. The film, released in 2000, is based on the 1981 French film Garde à Vue, which was in turn based on the 1970 British novel Brainwash by John Wainwright. The film follows an investigation into several incidents of raped and murder young girls in Puerto Rico and their subsequent investigation into a lead suspect, a rich and well-respected American living on the island and married to a much younger woman.
Hackman and Freeman offer pulsating performances that practically leap off the screen and slap you in the face to wake you up. Monica Bellucci’s performance is subtle and tactful leading to the floodgates of this sweaty, teary-eyed, and insanely entertaining thriller.
The real coup de grâce of the film is the doubt it instills in the audience, constantly switching from he did it to he didn’t do it and back forth. Until finally, you are unsure where you stand, with the character, the film, and most likely everything else in your life. And while this may not be a new feeling to me, I appreciated the fact that others might now know this crippling doubt. They might now know how it can both cause you to freeze in your tracks and emancipate you from the burden of all that you thought you knew. Because knowing nothing, and knowing that you know nothing, can be quite liberating. I believe Socrates said something along those lines and I think he would have absolutely loved this movie, and I have this on good authority.