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Published on Jun 18, 2008
In my opinion, one of the best Edward Norton movies... *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER*
Ok, so if you're confused here's whats going on... Martin Vail is a famous defense attorney in Chicago who jumps at the chance to represent Aaron Stampler, a young altar boy accused of murdering the city's Archbishop. Aaron admits to having been with the Archbishop at the time of the murder, but claims that an unknown third person committed the crime while he had "lost time" (blacked out). At first interested primarily in the publicity that the case will bring, Martin comes to believe that his client is truly innocent. The trial does not proceed well for the defense, as there is considerable evidence against Aaron Stampler and public opinion holds him almost certainly guilty. When Martin confronts his client and accuses him of having lied, Aaron breaks down and seemingly transforms into a new persona who calls himself "Roy." Roy, unlike the meek Aaron, is a violent psychopath. He confesses to the murder of the Archbishop and throws Martin against the wall, injuring him. After the incident is over, Aaron has no recollection of it. The psychiatrist examining Aaron believes he suffers from dissociative identity disorder. However, as they are already in the middle of the trial, they cannot change the plea to "not guilty by reason of insanity." Martin sets up a confrontation at the trial. After being harshly questioned by the prosecutor, Aaron turns into Roy and charges at her, threatening to snap her neck if anyone comes near him. Aaron is subdued by the court marshals and is rushed back to his cell. In light of Aaron's apparent insanity, which is now clear to the court, the judge dismisses the jury and remands Aaron to a mental hospital where he will remain under close evaluation, but will probably be released eventually. *SPOILER**SPOILER**SPOILER**SPOILER**SPOILER*
In the final scene of the film, Martin visits Aaron to tell him this news. Aaron recalls nothing of what happened in the courtroom, having again "lost time." After hearing the news that it will be possible that he will be freed, Aaron hugs him with extreme gratitude. However, as Martin is leaving, Aaron asks him to "tell Ms. Venable (the prosecutor) I hope her neck is okay", which is not something that Aaron should have been able to remember if he had "lost time." When Martin points this out, Aaron seems hesitant, but then admits that he was pretending to be insane all along. "So there never was a Roy" says Martin. to which Aaron answers that "There never was an Aaron, Counselor," claiming that Aaron was his pretense personality, and that he had really been Roy all the time.
Martin further claims to have murdered the archbishop, and even his girlfriend Linda who was also abused. Stunned and disillusioned, Martin walks out of the courtroom, with Roy taunting him from the cell.
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