The Tenth Circle

Based on the best selling novel by Jodi Picoult, the film addresses a topic we have seen several times in the news in recent years. A young woman claims that a man raped her. He vehemently denies it. Is it the truth? Is she making it up to get back at the guy who she feels wronged her? A sticky subject. As a line from the DVD cover states well it is about "a place where innocence is not always innocent".

College professor Laura Stone (Kelly Preston – Jerry Maguire, The Cat in the Hat) is spending more time away from her husband, Daniel (Ron Eldard – House of Sand and Fog, Black Hawk Down), and daughter, Trixie (Brittany Robertson – Dan in Real Life). She is having an affair with one of her students. The perfect family is not exactly perfect. Though their marriage is at a low point, the two parents are enamoured with their 15-year-old daughter, Trixie, who can do nothing wrong in their eyes.

Trixie and her boyfriend, Jason (Jamie Johnston – from television's Degrassi: The Next Generation), break up and she is devastated. Taking her friend, Zepher's (Haley Beauchamp – appeared in episodes of The L Word and Stargate SG-1), advice Trixie goes to a party and tries to make Jason jealous. After drinking and playing strip poker, Trixie realizes she's gone too far. Jason comes into the room to comfort her and one thing leads to another and they are having sex.

Trixie comes home and tells her parents that Jason raped her. After being looked over at the hospital and interrogated by the police, Trixie comes home. The news of the accusation of rape gets out and tears the small town apart. The Stone family comes under scrutiny and we are never sure to the very last second who is telling the truth and who is lying.

This made-for-television movie is something that you will want to like going in to it, but unfortunately, the film makes it almost impossible. The actors add nothing to their characters and the director, Peter Markle (Saving Jessica Lynch, Youngblood), does not allow the characters to be fleshed out. We don't understand them and as a result we don't connect with them.

Maybe it wouldn't be so disappointing an effort for someone who had not read the book. But such will not be the case for most who watch the Lifetime film. Another example of a well-written book made into a poor film.

Special Features:
-Previews of The Lazarus Project, Passengers and Blu-ray Disc is High Definition

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