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A suspended undercover narcotics officer is reluctantly drawn back onto the force to find the truth behind the murder of a young police officer killed in the line of duty. He is teamed with Henry Oak, the slain officer's partner, a rogue cop who will stop at nothing to avenge his friend's death. As Tellis and Oak unravel the case, the dark underbelly of the narcotics world reveals itself in surprising ways.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, over 30 S-words, 5 GD's, many others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief bare buttocks and sex noises. VIOLENCE: Numerous bloody beatings, shootings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drug use. ACTION: A foot chase, some gunplay and fighting. COMEDY: None.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We were only able to collect 35 moviegoer opinions. There was just no market for this movie, which is a good thing since about half the moviegoers didn't care much for it and most of the other half only rated it above average. This is one that you could easily wait to see on video or maybe in the second run theaters.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.
When a drug bust goes
awry and a pregnant woman is shot, undercover narcotics officer Nick Tellis
(Jason Patric) is suspended from the Detroit Police Force. With a baby of his
own and a wife who has seen him tortured by the horrific incident, Tellis is not
anxious to go back onto the force, but he doesn't know any other kind of work
that can fulfill him.
Now it is eighteen
months after his suspension, and Tellis is brought before a review board and
told he is needed to help crack a homicide case. A rookie undercover officer has
been killed, and if Tellis takes on the assignment and apprehends a suspect, he
is told he can have the assignment of his choosing and all the charges against
him will be dismissed.
Henry Oak (Ray Liotta), the slain officer's partner and mentor, is a bare
bones, brass knuckles cop who has been leading the murder investigation. A
respected officer, who brings in solid collars with a 93% conviction rate, Oak
has become increasingly volatile and aggressive since the trail of clues in the
case has gone cold. In fact, for over sixty days, there has been no tangible
evidence or a single suspect uncovered.
Despite his wife's
concerns about his mental stability if he goes back undercover, Tellis teams up
with Oak, whose heavy-handed, and often brutal style, is difficult for Tellis to
handle. Still, somehow the two men begin to work together, chasing down leads,
tracking informants and finally zeroing in on two primary suspects, drug dealers
Beery (Busta Rhymes) and Steeds (Richard Chevolleau), who operate out of a grimy
Detroit chop shop.
As Oak browbeats Beery
and Steeds for a confession, the true story of how the young officer was killed
slowly comes into focus.. .and the truth is nothing less than shocking.