LAPD detective Tom Ludlow is a ruthlessly efficient, unorthodox undercover cop. Captain Jack Wander always covers for Tom, as do even his somewhat jealous colleagues. After technically excessive violence against a vicious Korean gang during the liberation of a kidnapped kid sex slave, Tom becomes the target of IA's hotshot, captain James Biggs, who feels passed over after Wander's promotion to chief. Tom's corrupt, disloyal ex-patrol partner Terrence Washington sides with IA but is killed during a shop robbery in Tom's presence. Written by
Early in the film, Captain Wander (Forest Whitaker) instructs two of his officers to return to the station house, which he refers to as "the barn", a possible reference to The Shield (2002), in which Whitaker had a starring role prior to this film. See more »
When Tom fights the captain in his home and they are both on the ground, we can see a moving shadow on the wall in the background. See more »
Written by David Banner (as L. D.B. Crump) and B.G. (as Christopher Dorsey)
Performed by David Banner
Courtesy of SRC Records/Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
This is a real find - one of those sneaky films that slipped through the box office and past the critics, despite being a great movie. I'm sure it will find it's audience though, because it's class all the way.
Keanu puts in one of his best performances and seems to be only improving with age. I know he cops a lot of flack for his performances at times but understated doesn't always mean wooden. He is capable of great subtlety, if you care to pay attention. If the guy looked like Sean Penn instead of Keanu Reeves, I'm sure he would get more credit than he does.
The support cast are superb. Hugh Laurie is particularly noteworthy, laying on the smarm.
Gritty, compelling and gutsy. If you yearn for a return to the hard-edged cop movie, don't miss this hidden treasure.
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