The Witness for the Prosecution (2016)
Critic Consensus: The Witness for the Prosecution thrusts its star into the spotlight with a systematically crafted script, expertly executed performances, and engaging acerbity.
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In its character, depth and startling bitterness, this adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic short story bears small resemblance to its best-known film version.
Jones takes another step in his slow evolution from supporting player to star, but there is excellent work all around.
Let's just say that Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution isn't like anything you'd expect as it adds a layer of psychological hopelessness to the whodunit -- nor is it anything you should miss.
Director Julian Jarrold does a particularly fine job of creating the kind of atmosphere that mixes well-constructed anticipation with a certain strain of enjoyable dread, and in the leading role, Toby Jones is simply terrific.
Although it arguably strings things out a bit too much, this newest Witness is a watchable feast of strong portrayals and mostly sturdy plot threads.
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