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Cop dramas are a dime a dozen, and yet filmmakers still manage to find a way to squeeze compelling stories out of the genre, and occasionally a memorable film as well. Brian A. Miller’s Officer Down falls somewhere in the middle due both to its positive and negative traits. A cast filled with familiar faces like Stephen Dorff, The Shield’s Walton Goggins, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Stephen Lang, David Boreanaz, and AnnaLynne McCord make for a wide range of interesting characters, but the story they’re in is so convoluted that for the first hour of the film you’re not entirely certain what’s going on—and yet it tantalizes just enough of a mystery to help you overlook some shaky clichéd dialogue and keep focused on trying to figure out what all the moving pieces are working towards.

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