"When is an act of love an act of murder? Madonna asked as she is interrogated playing the role of defendant Rebecca Carlson, in the murder of elderly Andrew Marsh. Dating for several months, sexy Rebecca Carlson and vulnerable Andrew Marsh became extremely close, eventually developing a more than serious relationship. With little aware of this ongoing relationship, Rebecca uses her wit and charm to seduce millionaire Andrew into adding her into his will. Unexpectedly Andrew is found dead from the cause of heart failure in his mansion, handcuffed to his bed, a home video of him and his lover, and a large amount of cocaine in his system. When police analyze the situation, nothing makes more sense and is more obvious than accusing Rebecca Carlson with the murder of her older lover Andrew Marsh charging her with aggressive sexual acts resulting in murder; but is Rebecca truly the answer to all of the police's questions?
Strikingly beautiful, young, and captivating, Rebecca is used to men throwing themselves at her, offering her the glamorous lifestyle, and overall treating her as a goddess. But one thing that she hides is her dark past and ulterior motives, which are later, brought to light. Never being looked out negatively and especially never being accused of a murder Rebecca does not know the first thing to do, but when a handsome lawyer pops up during her arrest all of her questions are answered. She does the only thing she knows how to do and seduces her lawyer into being the only person with any faith in her, which later leads into a full on affair. With her lawyer at her beckoning call, no solid evidence connecting her to the murder, and her innocence, how could she be a murderer?
What makes this film one of the greatest crime thrillers of all time is the unexpected twist and unusualness of the trial which gives this plot something most movies do not acquire. The casting of actors and actresses only help add to the overall intensity and mystery director Uli Edel was aiming for.
The main reason why I rated this film a perfect five star is because of the moral behind the plot. Writer Brad Mirman wanted to exhibit the power that women actually do retain, despite how society has always viewed women as weak and submissive to men. With his goal of showing that women possess a sexual appeal and charm that men do not, women of all kind would enjoy this film.