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Cartel War (2010)

Disrupt/Dismantle (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 2010 (USA)
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L.A. undercover cops disregard the law to bring down the most powerful drug mob in the U.S. Loosely based on Mexico's once most powerful drug cartel leader, this journey into the drug underworld cuts to the bone and through the heart.
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Credited cast:
Mike Marino
Catalina Vega
Antonio Vega
Gina Cassidy (as Sandra Luesse)
Logan Coffey
Gene Wilson
Jack Brokowski
Andre Rhodes
De La Pena
Steve Yaconelli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayelet' ...
Mia (as Ayelet Ben-Shahar)
Cousin (as John Bariamis)
Brian Beach Jr. ...


Hard realities intertwine when an elite division of L.A. undercover narcotics cops, Division 123, begins to peel away the layers of a powerful drug cartel to undermine their manipulative influence. A study in humanity: of the cops and the challenge they face to balance a commitment to those they love, against their commitment to task and ability to protect. At one moment, immersed in the glitz of L.A.'s glamor and the next, looping into the city's seedy underbelly, 'DISRUPT/DISMANTLE' follows these officers as they go head-to-head with a ruthless yet seductive foe. Echoing the familiar scenario of cops vs. bad guys, this story presents itself with new vigor, fresh and focused on the lives of determined cops making choices - and mistakes. As the discovery of bodies begins to tarnish the investigation - including the brutal murder of one of their own, Division 123 disregards the law to bring down the most powerful drug mob in the U.S. Heralding new talent and veteran actors who come ... Written by Amber Jazairi Price

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To hell with the rules...and the people who wrote them...


Action | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence, language, some sexual content/nudity and drug use | See all certifications »


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April 2010 (USA)  »

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$196,500 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Not my taste, but it has its good qualities
16 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

It's not a distinctive cop movie. An elite team is trying to bring down a very violent drug dealer in Los Angeles, and the lead cop is constantly being told he is going against the rules. The other cops also seem rebellious and won't be bothered with such details as rules. There is lots of violence. A cop gets killed.

Still, I saw some worthwhile acting performances. Jack Lucarelli will not back down and he's always determined to get what he wants.

Dwight Hicks is the top cop (I don't think he's the chief but he's someone important) who is constantly after Lucarelli's character to start playing by the rules or else.

Mercedes Catalina is not only beautiful but talented, and she's one of the crooks. She runs a legitimate business but she is involved somehow with the drug operation, and looks good in a swimsuit while killing people. Her brother Antonio also seems to have a legitimate business but he's one of the top bad guys.

And there are plenty of pretty girls, in the strip club and elsewhere.

Occasionally there is comedy. I particularly liked the informant who wouldn't give any information for $20 but was willing when he got $100.

Then there is the scene where the small-time dealer is at again. "Five-O!" Shouts a kid. This was just funny.

This isn't my kind of movie, but it might be yours.

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