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.
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.