Carnahan opens the film with a rousing chase scene setting the tone for a noteworthy neo-noir. The second act loses steam when we miss out on the opportunity to wholly examine our lead characters past, guilt, and motivations. Where the second act slides, the third act flourishes. The audience lives within both characters moral quandaries as Carnahan frames each account of the murder with conceivability and suspicion.
Along with Carnahan's "The Grey," "Narc" is probably one of the most under-appreciated films out there. This is the sort of deadly-serious crime drama the director should've become known for. Moody lighting, vigorous, gritty set-pieces and my favorite performance of Ray Liotta's to date make this one for the books.
This film needs more recognition. I was totally blown away by the opening scene, and also by Ray Liotta's high class performance. The other things I like about the film are the stark editing,especially when the duo sets out for their investigation, and the 'theatrical' appearance brought out through its cinematography.
NARC has one of the most intense opening chases I've seen in a movie in recent memory. Carnahan has crafted a thriller that works in the vein of crime films by guys like William Friedkin (who talks about the film on the DVD incidentally). It's an overlooked gem with great performances, even if it does end a bit too quickly.