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This was Tupac Shakur's last film, and the first one given full theatrical release after his death on 13 September 1996. His other film, Bullet (1996) made prior to this one only received a limited theatrical run late in 1996 before being released on home video, just before this film was released theatrically in August 1997. See more »
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...So what can you do to assure me of your good intentions?
I can make your life miserable, that's what I can do.
Look at me. Am I attractive? Do I have a wife and five kids? Have I got a job at IBM and a swanky bachelor pad? NO, NO, AND NO! I loan big money to people like you who can't control their urge to blow it all gambling; Then I stay awake half the night trying to convince them that I have needs, too... The point of which is, I ALREADY HAVE A MISERABLE LIFE! So don't threaten me, you ...
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James Belushi lifted himself out of his career doldrums just long enough to appear in this hard-bitten cop thriller alongside gangsta rapper Tupac Shakur, wherein they play rogue cops who supplement their income by murdering drug dealers and stealing their cash, passing off each crime as 'gang related' incidents. However, this nasty little scam goes pear-shaped when their latest victim (Gregory Scott Cummins) turns out to be an undercover DEA agent, and the guy on whom they try to pin the blame - an alcoholic vagrant (Dennis Quaid) - turns out to have a secret identity of his own. Then things become REALLY unpleasant...
Writer-director Jim Kouf and cinematographer Brian J. Reynolds make little use of the widescreen format, but the film's lack of visual style is somewhat redeemed by its breakneck pace and impressive performances, most notably Belushi and Shakur in dark, multi-faceted roles, and Lela Rochon as their former accomplice, a frightened stripper whose involvement in Belushi's criminal misdeeds places her in mortal jeopardy. James Earl Jones is the famous defence attorney who takes up Quaid's case as soon as the latter's identity is confirmed, and a gaunt-looking Gary Cole provides solid back-up as a dedicated DEA agent determined to nail those responsible for Cummins' death. There's also a pretty fine twist in the tale, in which one of the characters gets what he/she richly deserves, though the wrap-up is perhaps a little too neat for its own good.
Sadly, the movie is dedicated to the memory of Shakur, who was shot and killed in a drive-by incident during the film's post-production process; on this evidence, he was clearly a natural actor and had the makings of a major Hollywood star.
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