A rare film is one that operates on multiple, often opposing levels, both a character study and traditional narrative, an action thriller with equal parts film noir - stylish period film and cinematic drama with a great cast and chisel sharp edges this film has something for everyone. Director Hanson doesn't work often enough after something like this and a script involving James Ellroy doesn't hurt either.
A generally satisfying pulpy nephew of Chinatown but without it’s silky elan. What felt a ‘wow’ at the time is less so now - highlighting newly released film is as much about a temporary relationship against its then contemporaries as it is a measure of it’s own merits. Slickness of execution masks a convoluted structure with pace favoured over nuance, but still you’re carried along on the tide of neo-cynicism.