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Some great performances and a good story. The score was really cool, setting the mood throughout the movie and I thought Gooding did a convincing turn as a cop. Inevitably this will be compared to Denzel Washington's performance in Training Day. And although the budget for this film was probably a quarter of Trainign Day's, I think this film is superior. Why? The last 15 minutes in Training Day were a mess and tainted the movie. Here, the performances are on par and there's no ridiculous John Woo-type chase/action scene to end on. Clifton Collins is great and Gooding reminds us what an actor he can be if his agent gives him a halfway-decent script to work with. I recommend.
This is your standard cop drama crap that you can see better done on
various television shows about cops. There's no new territory covered
here or any new story involved. This is about two partners on the
anti-gang unit. Cuba Gooding's character is more comfortable being
dirty than his latino partner, who has visions that are representative
of his guilt. We come on the scene as Clifton Colinns' character is
well on his way to blowing in the entire department to Internal Affairs
out of some misguided sense of guilt. This cop is an idiot and makes a
number of dense-headed decisions in this movie that lead to a world of
THe plot is mainly watching the deconstruction and demise of our main characters as they continually make the wrong move and get themselves deeper into the gangster infested sh#4t.
A few too many scenes were borrowed from a far superior movie- Training Day.
This is watchable, and forgettable. It's nothing new.
In a Los Angeles dominated by violent gangs and a corrupt LAPD
Precinct, the dirty Officer Armando Sancho (Clifton Collins Jr.) is
haunted by his guilty since an innocent old man was accidentally killed
in an operation with his also dirty partner Salim Adel (Cuba Gooding
Jr.). The Internal Affairs is pressing Sancho, who feels split between
the loyalty to his mates and his conscience, and he has to make a
statement at 6:00 PM. When his superiors Captain Spain (Keith David)
and his Lieutenant (Cole Hauser) assign the two cops for an operation
dealing drugs apprehended by the police and stored as evidence with a
powerful drug dealer, Sancho feels that something is wrong and they
have been framed.
"Dirty" has a promising beginning, with the chain of thoughts of Officer Sancho about corruption ("With power came responsibility; with responsibility came opportunity; with opportunity came corruption, a plague where everybody gets sick"). His dramatic feelings, haunted by the ghost of an innocent man and feeling awful as a finger-pointing rat, give the sensation that Sancho is a rich contradictory character to be developed. However, the story is pointless, showing a hopeless society in a city dominated by gangs, lost youth and corrupt police force, but without any message in the end. I had never expected the redemption of any character, but I found the unpleasant plot a caricature and very manipulative view of the LAPD. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Dirty O Poder da Corrupção" ("Dirty The Power of the Corruption")
A really strong performance from Clifton Collins Jr, combined with an excellent bad cop come good cop story from Chris Fisher and Gil Reavill with excellent acting from Cuba and Clifton, really great chemistry between them both, really solid acting made this film a knock-out, a really good compliment to films like training day. I would highly recommend this film if you enjoyed training day like me. Some great camera angles with the action scenes contributed towards some great tension and atmosphere, very enjoyable with some great faces like Wyclef Jean, Cole Hauser, Tory Kittles, Khleo Thomas, and Keith David to top it off. Rent it or buy it now! top marks. I hope cuba Forgets films like snowdogs, and continues with films like this and End Game, easily his best film since boyz n the hood.
there was a review quote " If you liked " Traing Day " then you will like this. No, its way past Training Day in violence. Way past anything I've seen in the gritty reality stakes. A bad part of Los Angeles, where the population, it seems to me, is split between predators and prey.... and even the prey are opportunists who will turn to crime when it suits them. Thats the message of this movie. A corner of Tinseltown where civilisation does not exist, where anarchy rules, where the police are the most powerful criminal gang and will do anything to stay there. Everything's corrupt, except possibly the impotent Internal affairs office. Police officer played by Cuba Gooding Jr says to his partner played by Clifton Collins Jr. " Don't you get it ? there ARE no gangs, we've got rid of them all and WE are the only gang left " A good movie, but one that left a strong feeling of foreboding in me, and a realisation that all of us depend on a very thin veneer of civilisation, which, when overstressed can collapse in ruins.
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Recap: Two cops, up for an interrogation by Internal Affairs after an
incident were an innocent old man got shot, tries to get themselves
ahead in the world. Because it is not a question if they are dirty or
not, it is a question if Internal Affairs will buy their story or not.
Because these two cops, seemingly enlisted straight from the gangs on
the street, are really corrupt, stealing, harassing and dealing in
confiscated drugs. But they still have the confidence from their
superiors, because they are even more corrupt, running a drug business
from inside the police. Now the two cops, Adel and Sancho, get an
opportunity to climb the ladder into some real action and money, or is
it an opportunity to get shot...?
Comments: First of all, I do not live in USA, so I may not be the best to judge if it is realistic or not, I can only make comments out of my own perspective. And there is two main points that glaringly stand out above all the rest. The first is that the movie must be attempting to break a record in using the f-word in as many versions as much as possible, because it is used constantly. But that may be. The other, and more fatal point, is that those two cops, and their entire unit, from top to bottom, is so corrupt, so dirty, that it is not plausible that they could have continued to operate. Evidence (mostly drugs and money) that constantly keep disappearing when handled by their unit, harassing civilians in broad daylight in view of a lot of people, stealing things from people. They would have been shut down quicker and thrown in jail than you could say "dirty cop". And with plausibility out the window, everything falls.
Gooding Jr may be doing a quick-mouthed character once again and Collins Jr a haunted dirty cop with something resembling a conscience, and they do it pretty well, but when the foundation of the story the act in is gone, that hardly matters. Also, there are some interesting roles played by famous musicians, but that too get lost in the interference. I just felt the lack of faith in the story, and from that point, nothing could save the movie. I had some expectations, but I was disappointed.
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This review is directed at the other critics as well as to this movie.
Its clear this movie shows reality, people giving this movie a bad review because of their own goody two shoes experiences should not even bother writing anything here.
Its called Dirty for a reason, its meant to be violent and the swearing is real, have you ever hung around a group of people from 15-22 for more than 10 minutes? Most people don't need to swear perfectly to the punchline thats not real and in reality most people overuse it, I'm sick of people attempting to discredit this movie for such idiotic reasons.
The cast of this movie is great, they set the ambiance for this movie and they generate a plot for it.
Yes this movie has a plot, if you want an underlined detailed plot i would recommend going to watch the wizard of oz and watch Dorothy walk the yellow brick road , maybe even then you will fail to see where she is going.
If people want to think this kind of thing does not really happen and this movie is created for people who love trash think again.
This movie is good in all aspects. i completely recommend it to people who want more than a movie and not just to pass time, its a movie to think about it afterwards.
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The started out OK, if cliché-ridden and cheesy in its choice of plot
line. Cuba Gooding, for all his merits, does not stand up as a
convincing street personality. His gutless and blowhard portrayal must
have been in part intentional due to the 'tryhard' nature of his
character needlessly revealed by his colleague, but was he really
supposed to show up as that pathetic? His character came across as fake
in the Nth degree, and never once did I take him seriously. Clifton
Collins, Jr is marginally better, often because he opens his mouth
less, and the captain (praised in another review)? As soon as he said
something about it being a 'war' out there, I knew the script would
never allow even a passably meaningful performance to emerge.
I come from London and have spent plenty of time in the army as well, listening to glorious bouts of expletive ridden verbal diarrhoea, so listening to the uninspired tourette's-like motherf****r tirades where the aforementioned crops up every other word seems confusing and pointless, rather than real. If anybody really talks in that way in LA, I feel truly sorry for them - all that wasted effort.
The story was predictable and telegraphed, with not even an ounce of the plotting sophistication that made 'Training Day' a surprisingly good film on the first watch. In my view, Training Day didn't take itself too seriously, thus making the more cartoonish elements of the plot bearable, but this one just serves to annoy after a while with its preachy nature and attempts to be a serious and hard hitting flick.
About the time of Russian roulette, I became too embarrassed to watch any more of this garbage, and turned it off , as I found (not to my surprise) that I really didn't give a monkeys what would happen to the gangsters/policeman, or anyone else. The person I feared most for was myself, as a morning viewing meant that I could have been quietly cursing for the rest of the day about the loss of precious hours.
Dirty will unfortunately draw comparison to Training Day, but if you
can get past the similarities of the cover of this book, the content
will come back strong and stand alone as a polished original. This
movie reminds you that with decisive, deliberate direction, an
excellent score and solid performances, a routine storyline can serve
as the boilerplate foundation for the more difficult aspects of
film-making to shine.
Collins has always been a favorite of mine to watch; almost singlehandedly destroying stereotypes of Latino actors while simultaneously stewing in the shallow pool of roles offered him. His stand out performances in 187 and Tigerland have only been improved in Dirty with his ability to bring humanity and sincerity to his otherwise bland characters. Gooding pulls it off in the end, almost through the sheer pleasure of watching him portray such an off-type character that the "over the top" performance was a necessity to draw your attention away from the believability of his playing the role. It was as if with every screamed expletive he was daring you to not take him seriously.
Dirty is a poster child film for how a director through what would appear to be either deliberate, clever and wise choices for the cast and crew or was very lucky in the outcome. But to this writer that is the magic of film-making. The end result of this film looks like a seamless collaboration of professionals turning out what is an interesting, exciting, visceral portrayal of bad cops and worse cops trying to outplay the system. Luck can only take you so far, and no doubt every component played a part in making this film work. The cinematography keeps the grit and grime of the streets in full focus, and the action and sometimes brutal violence is always just around the corner to snap your attention back into place as the plot moves forward.
To compare this movie to any other is doing it a disservice. Dirty takes any preconceived lemons it clearly had as a disadvantage going in, and made lemonade worth a second glass. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
7/10 - Maddis
I saw this film at the AFI Film Festival followed by a Q&A with the Director. Unfortunately, this film lacks originality and creativity. It is obvious that the director stole ideas from Training Day, The Godfather, Scarface and Colors. The only character I liked was the Captain. Everyone else gave a marginal performance, including Cuba Gooding. Who proved once again that all he is good at is recreating the same character that won him an Oscar in Jerry McGuire. When there are extreme moments of excitement and yelling is when Cuba's only talent is revealed. The director is a USC Filmschool graduate, which proves once again that you do not need film school to be a good director.
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