Beautifully directed and acted noir, with a heartfelt and immersive sense of time and place. Cheadle, Washington and Sizemore all give excellent turns, but crazily neglected director Carl Franklin deserves far more credit for this film than many critics give him.
One of the best Noirs I have ever seen. A lost, forgotten and shattered to oblivion true talent of Hollywood. With a bright future once so promising shinefull and glorious for him he was cast into the dark lost cold space and beyond.
Solid performances all round and a meticulously created time period, but Franklin's fidelity to the rather mediocre source novel ultimately works against the film. Not bad by any means, but not as tense and hard-punching as I usually like my neo-noirs.