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Two corrupt cops murder an undercover DEA agent by mistake, and frantically try to cover their tracks by framing a homeless man for the crime. That involves juggling evidence, coaching witnesses, and improvising to keep their desperate scheme from unraveling. Written by
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Before Frank pulls up to Manny's for the first time, you can see a blue sandbag on the curb, marking the spot where Jim Belushi is to stop the car at the proper spot so as to be within the camera frame. See more »
[in the getaway car, the driver of which we cannot yet see]
Here's the most important thing: You can NEVER lose your sense of humor. Without that, you've got NOTHING.
[the driver pulls a familiar-looking Magnum and blows Divinci's head through the back window]
Clyde David Dunner:
... FUCKING A!
[laughs into the closing credits]
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I didn't have very high expectations for this one (partly because I am not terribly keen on James Belushi) but actually, the film was pretty good.
The important thing is to understand the film as a thriller, rather than as a realistic or atmospheric piece. The subject matter and designated environment would point to noir, but the film fails to capture a sense of place or encapsulate an environment and way of life in a way that would justify such a designation. The environment is not actually unrealistic, but again it is not really captured either. Instead, the grit and indeed realism, tends to throw off the viewer, causing him to anticipate a different type of film. "Gang Related" is about plot, and there are a satisfactory number of twists and turns for the viewer. One could easily imagine a movie like this being adapted to the stage.
The acting is generally of a very high standard with strong performances by Shakur and Belushi. The weakness of this film is rather in the fact that the film fails to create or capture a set of especially nuanced characters, and similarly fails to create a strong sense of place. A different director and different cinematography could have done this without substantial alteration. The dramatic twists and turns in the plot also could be considered a weakness, but this would be due to a misunderstanding of the type of story being told, rather than because that story is in itself a bad one.
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