On her first day of the job, brand new Internal Affairs detective, Jessica Dawson (Mena Suvari), gets caught up in the aftermath of a violent drug bust that includes an officer shooting of an innocent young teenager. The facts, as reported by the two narcotic detectives, just don't seem to add up. As she struggles to find the truth, the ramifications of a single lie reverberate throughout the whole precinct. Soon she finds she can't trust anyone, including the precinct captain (Martin Sheen). In this gritty crime thriller that could be ripped from today's headlines, it's cop vs. cop in a deadly fight for honor.Written by
The script had originally been written as a story based around Los Angeles, California. But after the producers decided to film in Vancouver, it was changed from a story about the LAPD to a story about the Seattle Police instead. The writers felt that Vancouver would dub as Seattle much more convincingly than Los Angeles. See more »
While "framing" the dead kid at the start of the movie, the officer first puts the boys finger prints onto the gun, going as far as to fire 2 shots using the boys hand and impregnating it with gunpowder residue, then proceeds to wipe those prints from the gun again, applying his own prints by throwing it onto the floor with his own uncovered hand. So in the end the gun has only the officers prints on it. See more »
I am British, so rarely watch US TV crime series. Maybe for that reason there were some angles in this "dirty cop" drama which were new to me, and kept me watching to the end.
But they were not developed as they could have been, and the screenplay was to blame. The direction, too, is mediocre with the same tired style of flashbacks to patch holes in the exposition that we see in so many direct-to-DVD movies.
I think the intended ironic statement about "truth" and "honor" is indeed there, but gets muffled in the obligatory Hollywood ending.
The heroine and the "redeemed" cop were too lightweight, while Martin Sheen popping up in a supporting role, and still-beautiful Natasha Hensbridge in a dispensable one, only served to undermine the intended grittiness and remind us we are watching a Hollywood movie.
I am posting because I think this movie deserves better than the current 4.7 score. I give it 6, and most of that is for the storyline rather than the way it is realised on screen.
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