- 1 hr 44 min
The movie Doubt, which is based on a play, is the story of a priest in Brooklyn in 1964 who is accused of molesting an altar boy at the churches school. The priest, Father Flynn, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, has taken special interest and concern in the young boy in question, Donald Miller, because he is the only african american at an all white Catholic school. One of the young nuns and teachers at the school Sister James, played by Amy Adams, develops suspicion that something inappropriate may have gone on between Father Flynn and Donald after her walks into her classroom acting "funny" and possibly with the smell of altar wine in his breath. Unsure of what to think or what to do, Sister James tells the head nun Sister Aloysius, played by Meryl Streep, and Sister Aloysius immediately begins a vendetta against Father Flynn to find the truth. Father Flynn vehemently denies any wrong doing while Sister Aloysius appears certain that something is amiss; meanwhile, Sister James isn't sure what to think, wanting to believe that Father Flynn is innocent and she simply let her imagination get away from her. After an intense conversation between Father Flynn and Sister Aloysius, with Sister James looking on, Sister Aloysius continues digging for evidence, going so far as to speak to Donald Miller's mother, played by Viola Davis. In trying to assert his innocence, Father Flynn delivers a sermon about gossip, pointed directly at Sister Aloysius. In the end, the audience is left to decide for themselves whether or not they believe Father Flynn is innocent or guilty. Despite the vague ending, the film tells an incredible story about gossip, rumors, and hearsay. Although the film is dialogue driven, Hoffman, Streep, Adams, and Davis all deliver powerful performances. The scenes are all filled with raw tension and genuine emotion, that convey the seriousness of the situation. Doubt is a film worth watching for anybody who enjoys watching great acting performances.