When evidence implicates a veteran LAPD cop in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he’s been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to question the loyalties of everyone around him.
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Hokey crime drama features Keanu Reeves in a typically bland performance as another one of those "cops on the edge". James Ellroy's original screenplay has been mangled in to a cliched and predictable shoot-em-up that stretches credibility at every turn, slickly made with a cast that just goes through the motions - Forrest Forest Whitaker piles on the intensity until it's almost ridiculous. A big disappointment.
The performances really elevate what otherwise feels like a standard dirty cop picture. Keanu Reeves assuring Terry Crews that help is on the way even though the man has already been reduced to a mess of hamburger is either funny or genuinely touching.
I'm a total sucker for police corruption movies. I never get tired of the same basic formula. If you go into this expecting to see something "new," you'll be disappointed, but if you want to relish all the usual twists of the police corruption genre, you might find the least fraught and most self-assured movie of Ayer's career as the Joseph Wambaugh of current South Central.