Set in a dirt-poor neighborhood in the fictional city of San Lovisa, Texas, EvenHand tells the story of two very different cops, working together for the first time. Rob Francis, recently ...
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Set in a dirt-poor neighborhood in the fictional city of San Lovisa, Texas, EvenHand tells the story of two very different cops, working together for the first time. Rob Francis, recently divorced, finds the adjustment from his previous assignment in "Sleepytown" difficult. With his new partner, the volatile Ted Morning, he spends his days breaking up domestic disputes and attempting to make sense of a parade of lowlifes, firebugs and junkies. Morning is the original Texas cowboy, all muscle and bravado: arrest 'em first, ask questions later. The characters and events in EvenHand subtly intertwine until Francis and Morning must both face the consequences of their very different approaches to the job. Filmed on location in San Antonio, Texas, EvenHand is a police story, but it's not about car chases or shoot-outs. It's about two cops struggling to survive in a world where, without warning, numbing routine can give way to primal fear. Written by
Officer Rob Francis:
[narration - as funeral passes]
Most people hate cops. It's a fact, but it's not true. When things go bad, we're the ones you call. We show up, and we arrest people. Because as a friend once said, we're cops, that's what we do. But it's also our job to make things better. Chase away the shadows. I guess sometimes the shadows we chase, are our own.
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My adolescent son rented this "cop" film "EVENHAND" a couple of days ago, and I reluctantly agreed to watch with him. He got bored with it after thirty minutes, but I was actually intrigued and decided to give it a try. I was, in effect, blown away! I didn't realize that there were "cop" films like this. This was by no means a typical car chase, shootemup -- this was an adult film about troubled people in real situations, dealing with real issues. It kind of reminded me of the early "NYPD Blues" series before it got weird and convoluted. I was very impressed with the two actors, and, since I never seen their work before, I thought perhaps they were two police officers who decided to make a movie about their lifes. That's how realistic it seemed! When I see actors like this who are unknown, and then I see all the mediocre actors on tv, I have to ask...
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