While many movies released throughout the years have been dominated by male-lead roles, Taking a Stand offers refreshing alternative to this trend. Taking a Stand is a movie that stands out from the montage of movies that have been released recently and deserves recognition as its exceptional plot, characters, and actors break out of the stereotypical mold to deliver a viewing experience as unique as the story itself.
In Taking a Stand, female small town detective Sydney Laurano (Emma Watson) receives a warning from an unknown sender warning her not to disclose the details of the murder of a wealthy businessman during a scheduled televised report- unless she wants terrible things to happen to her company and her reputation as a detective. The suspect has already been arrested, so why does the sender not want the details disclosed? Was the suspect framed? Who sent her the warning?? Who is the real murderer, and what were the motives? As the date of the report approaches, she notifies her co-workers of the warning she received, and they all tell her to disregard it- except for her boss (Steve Carell), and her timid, soft-spoken sister (Reese Witherspoon). Claiming it would not be in the best interest of the company to disclose the details of the murder and risk suffering the threats mentioned in the warning, her boss threatens to fire her if she goes through with the scheduled report. Her sister is fearful of the threats directed towards Sydney, and does not believe the truth is worth the loss of Sydney's position as detective. Will Sydney discover who is truly to blame for the murder, and more importantly, will she take her stand for what she knows to be the truth, even if those around her do not believe the truth is worth the cost?