When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.
With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.
A veteran policeman, Murtaugh, is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer, Riggs. They both have one thing in common: hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.
Porter is bad, but his neighbours are worse. Street-wise and tough, an ex-marine, he is betrayed by a one-time partner, and shot in the back by his junkie wife. He survives and returns, looking to recover his share from the robbery of an Asian crime gang. The money has passed into the hands of "the Outfit", a slick gangster organisation that runs the city. He has to make his way through a world populated by heroin dealers, prostitutes, sado-masochists, gunmen and crooked cops, a place where torture is a way of life. His only friend is a former employer, a prostitute, and her loyalty is in question, given she now works for the Outfit. He makes good early progress, but then falls into the hands of Fairfax, the crime boss. Written by
Brian Helgeland cast Maria Bello after an endless search led him to a stack of videotape auditions for the defunct 1990s update of Superman. After offering the role to her, Bello turned it down, saying that the role wasn't for her. He wanted her to be in the movie so badly, that he literally hounded her for two weeks before she finally agreed to do the film. See more »
when Porter gets in the cab with Stegman, the windows repeatedly change from clear to frosted/foggy with every interior/exterior shot of the cab. See more »
GSW: that's what the hospitals call it: gunshot wound. Doctor has to report it to the police. That makes it hard for guys in my line to get what I call, quality health care.
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Easily one of Gibson's best, and one of the best of it's kind you will
ever see. Homage to film noir, combined with usual Gibson
tongue-in-cheekness, and some fabulous supporting roles from the likes
of Coburn, Kristofferson, Liu, and Devane. Henry does a stirling job
here opposite Gibson. Liu is simply wonderful in a role that -
worryingly perhaps - looks like it was made for her!
Porter's single-minded, no-nonsense determination to get what he sees
as justice for himself strikes a chord, and has you rooting for him
right to the end. This film rarely lets up on the intensity, and gets
better as it goes along. It will make you laugh and cringe at the same
time, but you won't want to take your eyes off the screen for a second.
It looks good, feels good, and oozes class. Definitely a must-see.
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