Jimmy Reardon is the head of a small time family crime organization in Vancouver. He's got some legitimate and not so legitimate businesses, including a strip club, shipping company and several aspects of drug trafficking. Despite business being good, he is facing some problems including a junkie ex-wife with whom he shares joint custody of their daughter, a loose cannon of a brother, a major theft at one of his grow-ops which he suspects was orchestrated by his own employees, and the fact that he knows that he's being tailed but not knowing by who. The tail may be by the Organized Crime Unit (OCU) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who indeed do have him under surveillance. The Vancouver operation of the OCU is headed by Inspector Mary Spalding, who is being recruited by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). In addition to Mary coming on board, CSIS is wanting to co-opt her and the OCU's on-street intelligence network, and to build upon the network by recruiting at ... Written by
Not a bad film. It's nicely shot and well acted. But there's too much going on for a two hour film. I'm still not sure just who was ratting on whom. Nor was any dramatic purpose served by dwelling on the director's philandering husband or establishing the fact that he is black and his paramour is white. It just muddies the waters even more. Even as a Canadian I was confused by what was going on between the Organized Crime Unit (RCMP????) and CSIS. Does anybody outside Canada know what CSIS is and again, the political games between the two agencies do nothing to develop or enhance the plot. And the ending? What was THAT all about? There are some good characters here well portrayed. It's nice to see Vancouver as Vancouver. But the story line is just too cluttered, confusing and complicated.
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