I wasn't expecting much going in. Both Leads are on the downward arc of their careers and both have made some turkeys in their days.
Not the case in this movie, Johnny Depp is very good as a retired detective who has all the answers but no ability to get things done and Forest Whitaker as the reporter whose star has faded. The two leads play off each other very well and Whitaker complements Depp whose character just might be unstable. Depp is the lead character and Whitaker is definitely the consummate supporting actor.
This is a murder mystery with intrigue about the Biggie Smalls murder.
I know very little about rap and was engrossed with story of corruption and the toll that the search for the truth has exacted on the two male leads.
A entertaining film with a above average performance from Depp.