This is rough stuff. A painful picture of the times when police corruption was a truism in New York. The slow fall into the abyss is lead by a cop who thinks he can master any situation even though he can’t even master his own guilt. Many fall with him, some recover, most don’t. Uncompromising cinema with a mission.
Slightly middling. I kept on waiting for it to take off, but it took until the last chapter to do so, with its take on friendship, justice and self-reproach. I loved the mist the ending leaves over the movie. Ciello makes a compelling lead, but not exactly likable. Everything just kind of falls on your lap and it's easy to shrug some of it off. A good effort, but a bit overlong.
Extensive presentation of one city's continuing problems with police corruption offers a multi-perspective view on the topic with directors trademark restraint for any populist conclusions. Unlike "Serpico" there is little "jazz" in the whole New York setting and protagonists characterizations, with a more depressing, bureaucratic even, tone. Plot might, at certain times, feel a bit unconvincing.
Epic 3-hour film about a cop who turns informer and stirs some serious shit all around him. The movie stars a young Treat Williams who gives a great performance. Lumet is in top form and refuses to make any commercial concessions. As a result the movie is very realistic and doesn't shy away from scenes where "nothing" happens. It's also a pretty depressing work that makes you cynical about the whole justice system.
A heavy handed tragedy with a conservative eye and characters with hard passion. The rabid culmination of characterization during the last 35 minutes; that explosion left me cathartic. I believe Honesty is the foundation for Lumet. The thread that secures his work into an idea.
very good film which takes the cop turned informant formula in some unexpected directions. Treat Williams is terrific as a guy who "worries so much" it almost hurts to watch him twitch. A deeper story than you might think. A ton of great supporting roles too.
Con un estilo parco, riguroso y seco, Sidney Lumet explora de nuevo el tema de la corrupción policial, dejando al descubierto la complejidad y las contradicciones que atañen al ejercicio de la ley. Su tesis, devastadora donde las haya, sugiere que la justicia necesita apoyarse en prácticas ilegales para poder ser ejecutada. En mi opinión la película se resiente debido a su excesiva duración.
This may be Lumet's masterpiece. It is certainly the film of his I find myself revisiting most frequently. It is to SERPICO as CASINO is to GOODFELLAS, in which he revisits similar territory but expands his vision and makes a film that is practically Brechtian. David Bordwell's recent article on Lumet pointed me to the Brechtian reading of the film, I think it is apt.
Prisons of the mind can be worse than the fisical ones. When you want atonement, to walk the right path, to come clean about your past dirty deeds, to tell the truth about the lawless world you're living into, where the only god is money; you won't come out fine. though some heads will roll, yours will roll too.