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On enforced leave following a failed drug bust, LAPD Lieutenant Rick Hunter heads to San Diego, where he catches up with former partner Dee Dee McCall. But upon their reunion, Hunter and McCall become embroiled in a terrifying game of cat and mouse that has its roots in Russia. Written by
When a drugs bust goes bad, Detective Hunter is forced to kill the perp in self defence but not before his partner, Detective Lopez, has already been gunned down dead. With his reputation of being tough and his high shooting statistics, the shooting review board put him on suspension until they complete their investigation. Used to being the bad guy for doing the right thing, Hunter heads off to San Diego for a break and to attend the engagement party of former partner Dee Dee McCall to the likely next mayor, Roger Prescott. When Prescott kills an intruder in his home it appears to be a simple affair but Hunter uncovers evidence of a second intruder and, putting himself squarely in the middle of the case, discovers a much more complex truth behind the shooting.
From the opening scene where Lopez may as well have had a toe-tag on him through to the resetting of the story to San Diego and the introduction of the main characters, this film is pretty predictable, join-the-dots stuff where you know basically where it is all going even if you don't know the detail. The reason for this is that the story is so absurd that you probably wouldn't be able to predict it, suffice to say it involves lots of unlikely coincidences and a shady past that it hard to swallow. This doesn't matter too much since really the film is more about Hunter's tough-talking and hard-acting approach to being a cop and how he contrasts with the more liberal approach on the west coast. I watched the series as a kid and it never stuck with me and later movies have only ever been so-so. And that is the case with this one as well as it plods along with a superficially tough air, some action, loads of average plot developments and so on. Those looking for a basic tvm will find just that but it is hard not to see it for what it is.
It doesn't help that the film doesn't want to do much with Hunter's character. He is portrayed as a sort of Dirty Harry cop but the material never takes us beyond that and as such he just does what he does without ever being that engaging as a character here. Dryer wears the role well and this level of stuff suits him but he can't do much more than be tough. Kramer returns to the series by means of a massive narrative shoehorn and it shows on her performance as she doesn't seem comfortable; somehow manages to look no older than when she did the series though, was she frozen? The support cast is also so-so with Lucas being a dull villain and Hennings obvious and unconvincing.
Overall then a pretty average TV cop movie that is predictable and quite dull. The shoe-horning of the characters into place makes the narrative feel clunky. The action keeps it distracting but really this is very basic fare.
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