"Ted" Crawford (Anthony Hopkins), a wealthy and talented structural
engineer, discovers his wife Jennifer (Embeth Davidtz) is having an
affair with police detective Rob Nunally (Billy Burke). Crawford
proceeds to shoot his wife, seriously wounding her and he immediately
confesses the crime to Nunally on the scene. However, at his
arraignment, Crawford retracts his confession.
He then engages in a battle of wits with rising star deputy district
attorney William "Willy" Beachum (Ryan Gosling), who considers this an
open-and-shut matter and agrees to go to trial. Beachum is busy making
preparations for his transition from criminal law to corporate attorney
for Wooton & Simms, a well-known firm, and begins a romantic
relationship with his future boss, Nikki Gardner (Rosamund Pike)...