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New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.
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High school teacher Trevor Garfield is stabbed by bad-boy student. Fifteen months later, he moves to Los-Angeles to the unruly, predominantly Latino school. He has to tame wolf-like ... See full summary »
In the midst of an elaborate conspiracy, an expert negotiator is driven to the edge when he's framed for the murder of his partner, as well as embezzling money from his department's pension fund. His only chance to prove his innocence is to take hostages himself, acquire the services of another expert negotiator, and find out who's running the conspiracy before it's too late. Written by
In part based on the events surrounding the Saint Louis pension fund scandal of the mid to late 1980s. See more »
At the end of the fight between Danny and the corrupt cops in Internal Affairs, Danny looks at them when he hears one of them has run out of bullets. When he looks at them, the door is pulled wide open, but the next shot shows them just pulling it open. See more »
[after Danny fires off his gun pretending to kill someone]
Oh my God, is everyone alright?
[Danny hands the phone to Rudy]
Yeah, we're alright just don't be saying "NO" no more motherfucker!
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Highly enjoyable if implausible action thriller - 86%
Regular readers of my reviews (all three of you) will know that one
film that really soured my opinion of the Hollywood machine is the
completely botched "Italian Job" remake - a typically stylish but
ultimately shallow rehash of a perfectly good original. I was almost
angry at director F. Gary Gray for trying to wreck my fond memories of
Michael Caine in Turin so imagine my surprise to find him responsible
for this earlier effort which is a genuinely exciting, if far-fetched,
thriller starring two of Hollywood's biggest actors. Where did it all
go wrong for the poor guy?
Samuel L Jackson plays police negotiator Lt. Danny Roman, a hostage
negotiator with the Chicago PD who's a nice guy and all-round good
bloke. After discovering corrupt cops helping themselves to the
department's disability fund, Danny's world comes crumbling down after
his partner is gunned down with all evidence pointing to him. Believing
himself to be set up by Internal Affairs, led by Inspector Niebaum
(J.T. Walsh) and Commander Frost (Ron Rifkin), Danny decides to take
some hostages of his own in a desperate attempt to prove his innocence.
Facing fellow negotiator Chris Sabian (Kevin Spacey), can Danny
discover the truth before his one-time colleagues put a premature end
to the siege?
Featuring quality at every level of the casting, "The Negotiator"
shrugs off it's far-fetched scenario and becomes one of the most
compulsive thrillers I've seen in ages. With the outcome never really
certain until the credits roll, this is as good an example that I can
think of of a film that has all the traditional elements of a classic
summer blockbuster but remains taunt, thrilling and exciting
throughout. Acting is a real strength of the film as Jackson, Walsh,
Paul Giamatti and David Morse offer real depth to their characters and
hold the film together with ease. Spacey looks a little out of place -
he's too nice to play the stone-faced good guy with a mean streak - but
his performance supports Jackson's wild-eyed paranoia perfectly. The
biggest problems I found was that the story took a while to get going
and when it did, it was actually rather obvious who the villains are.
I was actually a little tired of hostage movies after watching the
equally brilliant "Inside Man" a little while ago but while that was a
little on the slow side, this kept up a cracking pace until the very
end. But both are exceptionally well-written, well-acted pieces of
cinema and I don't think I could pick between the two. Even my Better
Half enjoyed it, making me stay up late to watch it in spite of my
early start the next day. I wouldn't describe "The Negotiator" as
exceptional because it doesn't offer anything new in terms of action
films or thrillers and the premise, as I've said, is too far-fetched
for me personally. But "The Negotiator" is still a highly enjoyable
film in its own right and to ignore it would be criminal. Feel free to
ignore "The Italian Job" rehash, though...
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