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Freelancers (2012)

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The son of a slain NYPD officer joins the force, where he falls in with his father's former partner and a team of rogue cops.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Malo (as Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson)
Robert Jude
Gabriel Baez
LaJessie Smith ...
Young Malo (as La'Jessie Janoard Smith)
Dominique DuVernay ...
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The son of a slain NYPD officer joins the force, where he falls in with his father's former partner and a team of rogue cops. His new boss, Sarcone, will see if he has what it takes to be rogue through many trials and tribulations of loyalty, trust and respect. When the truth about his father's death is revealed revenge takes him over and he won't stop until justice has been truly served. Written by Elizabeth Obermeier, Marketing Manager

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 January 2013 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Un crimen inesperado  »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Robert De Niro and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson appeared in Righteous Kill (2008) and Last Vegas (2013). See more »


[first lines]
Bailif: The Queens Borough Court is now in session.
Judge: Jonus Maldonado, Lucas Ryan, A.D. Valvern. You're charged with criminal possession of narcotics. How do your defendants plead?
Lawyer: Due to mitigating circumstances, not guilty, your Honor. The defendants have no priors. We request bail.
Judge: Bail denied.
[gavel bang]
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Performed by Kingsize
Written by C. Beare, J.T. Gordon, M. DelVecchio, A. Crosby
Produced by: Kingsize
Published by Good Fight Songs (BMI)
(c) 2011 Good Fight Music
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8 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

This movie is an overall quite entertaining and mostly fast paced action thriller that though lacks of depth. The story simply features too many stereotypes and is therefor sometimes even mildly amusing even if this surely wasn't the intention of the makers of this b-movie.

The film is about three crooks that get out of prison and get to work in the corrupt New York City Police Department. Soon, they get involved in the local crime scene and must learn how to survive in tough circumstances where nobody's left whom they can trust in. At the same time, the main character portrayed by a weak but not completely bad Curtis James Jackson III wants to resolve the secret of his father's assassination that he witnessed as a child.

The problem with this movie is that it almost has no clear guiding line and some events happen without any logical reason whatsoever. Sometimes, the characters rapidly change their moods and appear almost schizophrenic which is very odd. Apart of a slightly stronger and even quite entertaining ending, at least three quarters of the movie go straight to nowhere or are highly predictable. Most of the actors and especially the cop roles are simply not credible at all and even happen to be quite ridiculous. Sometimes, the movie just feels like a longer 50 Cent video clip with senseless violence, gratuitous sex, a very minimalistic story line and some cameo appearances by a couple of good actors such as the strong Robert De Niro or the now deceased and surprisingly convincing actor Pedro Armendáriz Junior where one ends up asking oneself why these gifted guys are starring in such a bad movie.

In the end, there isn't much interest in watching this film. Especially the story is quite random and predictable. The low budget flick features almost more shots of nocturnal New York City every ten minutes that are taken from a plain than gripping action or suspense scenes. The only reason to watch this flick are the solid appearances of Robert De Niro as well as Pedro Armendáriz Junior or if you simply are a big fan of 50 Cent. Objectively seen, his acting is of a rather average quality and lacks of emotion and quality but he surely has a quite cool image and mostly promotes himself and his music in this movie. You can grab this flick at a cheap price for a loan if you have not much else to do and want to switch your brain off for one hour and a half but apart of that there definitely isn't much in this.

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