Detective Jack Lucas, a harried, self-hating, Los Angeles police detective races against the clock to clear his name when he's framed for a series of killings committed by a crafty serial killer, who targets him as his latest fall guy.


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Complete credited cast:
Jack Lucas
Oliver Chadwicke
Jessica Tarrant
Carla Gifford
Warren Lucas
Greg Pruitt
Rex Ryon ...
Joe Dexter
Ray Bressler
Guy Ecker ...
Al Voss
Amye Williams ...
Kelly (as Troy Beyer)
Mike Butters ...


Detective Jack Lucas is racing to clear his name, when he's framed for a series of murders. A maverick cop under routine investigation for a job-related shooting, Jack finds himself being set up as the prime suspect in an escalating killing spree. Sliding deeper into trouble and with few clues to go on, Jack desperately teams with exotic dancer Jessica, who may hold the key to the motive behind the mystery. With time running out, he must do whatever it takes to put all the pieces together and prove his innocence before the real killer pulls off the perfect crime. Written by Anonymous

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The setup. The betrayal. Vengeance is coming.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 June 2002 (USA)  »

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Twist of Fate  »

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1.85 : 1
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Stock footage used: The opening car chase are edited scenes from The Corruptor (1999), while the finale (another big car chase) was originally seen in Marked for Death (1990). See more »


@14:41, Jack lights a smoke. He then starts his answering machine, and lights another. See more »


Edited from Marked for Death (1990) See more »


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Written by Chris Simpson
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Sorry Lou Diamond Maybe Next Time
19 December 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Malevolent is a rather poor suspense/thriller starring Lou Diamond Phillips as a Cop.

Jack(Lou Diamond Phillips) meets a man in a bar, they have a drink and talk.

When the guy finds out Jack is a cop he gives him props calling him a real hero. He gives a toast to Jack and the glasses break.

Jack gets a cut on his hand, when going into the bathroom Jack becomes light-headed. He falls too the floor and the man he had the drink with his standing above him.

Jack then passes out when he wakes his gun is missing.

The guy goes around killing people setting Jack up.

We then find out this man killed Jack's mom.

When we find out why he is doing this too Jack it really is rather dumb.

The final 20min though do get better with a little suspense but by this time do we really care about what happens in the end?

The answer is no.

Even the sexy Kari Wuhrer can't save the film.

Director John Terlesky Directing is rather bad.

The editing was really bad the scene in the police station with Lou Diamond and Kari Wuhrer has to be some of the worst editing i have ever seen.

The only reason i tuned into Malevolent is cause Lou Diamond Phillips is one of my fav actors.

Lou Diamond seemed a bit bored here, while his performance wasn't bad i have seen him do way better.

Maybe next time Lou.

I give Malevolent 3/10

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