It’s not hard to find someone with a cynical view of lawyers, especially trial lawyers, many of whom are more interested in their own careers and in winning cases than they are in seeing that justice is served. It’s an old story that’s been told again and again in the cinema.
The film cuts to Kelly Rice (Regina Hall), Nick’s wife, complaining to him ten years later that “You haven’t been to one of [their daughter’s music] recitals”, as he returns to the office. Instead of his daughter’s cello recital he attends Ames’ execution and the two scenes are alternated in screen predictably, with Ames’ last minute confession spoken over the girl’s cello recital. It’s a painfully obvious two-shot and the unpleasant scene of Ames painfully writhing and screaming as he dies is an awkward juxtaposition against the girl’s performance.