Return To Sender (2004)

Return To Sender (2004) -* * *

Directed By: Billie August

Starring: Connie Nielsen, Aidan Quinn, and Kelly Preston

Return To Sender aka "Convicted" is a first-rate drama. The plot is: Charlotte Cory (Nielsen) is on death row. There's only a week until her execution. Her lawyer (Preston) is running out of options to save her. Then Frank Nitzche (Quinn) comes into the picture. He wants to prove Charlotte's innocence, but he has a lustful attraction for her that's derailing the investigation. Can Charlotte be saved?

The main problem with the movie is that it feels forced to go cliched. I say that because the mystery aspect of the film doesn't work. It overcomes that because of the acting and directing. The whole cast is great. Aidan Quinn stands out. Connie Nielsen and Kelly Preston do a fine job. There was no reason for this movie to go direct-to-video. It should've had a shot in the theaters. In the end: Watch for the actors and get annoyed that studios dump hidden gems into the video market.

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