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Bent (2018)

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On his latest private investigation, a shamed former cop connects a murder case to a government conspiracy involving rogue agents from a top spy agency.

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Bobby Moresco (as Robert Moresco)

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Bobby Moresco (screenplay by), Joseph P. O'Donnell (based on the characters in the Gallagher novels created by) (as JP O'Donnell)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Karl Urban ... Danny Gallagher
Sofía Vergara ... Rebecca
Andy Garcia ... Jimmy Murtha
Vincent Spano ... Charlie Horvath
John Finn ... Driscoll
Grace Byers ... Kate
Trai Byers ... Chuck
Isabel Serrano ... Reporter #2
Tonya Cornelisse ... Helen
Patrick Brennan ... Casey
Matthew T. Reynolds ... Fatty
Marco Pancrazi ... Gunman
David Kirk Traylor ... The Guard
Elena Sanz ... Linda
Joe Pacheco ... Bill Pierce
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"Bent" follows Danny Gallagher (Karl Urban), a discredited narcotics detective who, upon his release from prison, makes plans to seek revenge on the accuser who framed him and killed his partner. Through his quest, Gallagher is forced to confront a ruthless, seductive government agent (Sofia Vergara), who may or may not be on his side; and his mentor (Andy Garcia), a retired cop who's fought corruption his entire career.

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Corruption has its own set of rules. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality/nudity. | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Both Grace Byers (kate) and Trai Byers (chuck) are married to each other in real life and both stared in the mega hit family drama "Empire". See more »

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The second set of cops break Danny's tail light and he goes home and gets in a fight with a guy. He then has a bandage on his forehead. After meeting Jimmy he is driving home with the same bandage on his forehead and his vehicle's tail light isn't damaged. See more »

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Rebecca: Do you want to make them pay for what they did to you?
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A serviceable low-budget noir police story
12 March 2018 | by ginocox-206-336968See all my reviews

"Bent" is a fairly typical low-budget direct-to-video noir police story with a few satisfying plot twists, adequate production values and a good performance by Andy Garcia in a supporting role. It is not cathartic or cerebral and doesn't offer anything memorable in terms of gunfights, pyrotechnics, stunt work, stage combat or car chases. Even Sofia Vergara's first onscreen shower scene is unfortunately not particularly memorable. The script is weak and needed a couple of rewrites before it would have been ready for production. The opening scene is not sufficiently well crafted to justify or explain the consequences.

I watched this film shortly after viewing "Downsizing," which I knew had received discouraging reviews. I wasn't even particularly intrigued by the story, but it had a great cast and a big budget, so I decided to give it a try. I wound up watching it in about six segments over three days. "Bent" was produced with perhaps a tenth of the budget and without some of the top-level talent, but it held sufficient interest for me to watch it in one sitting, although I admit to engaging in a little multitasking during a few of the slower parts. It is not a great film, but suffices as a pleasant diversion.

Sofia Vergara delivers a credible performance as the femme fatale. Karl Urban does as well as can be expected with the material he's given, as a brooding detective out to clear his name. Andy Garcia delivers a nuanced, multidimensional performance. The major problem is the script, which is underwritten and relies too heavily on exposition.

I'm giving the movie eight stars, which is generous to a fault, but intended to offset a few reviews that seem unfairly harsh.


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