When former cop and current security expert Jim Holland has a one night stand with Amanda he does not realize that it is a set-up by Amanda and her sister Molly to obtain security codes to the office of his client. In the process, he falls in love with Molly and, once the cops get on the case, things get increasingly confusing.
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I do not fault the predictability of the plot. This is, after all, Film Noir and that has a known shape and story arc. Once you accept that, the issue is how well the characters are defined and affect each other. There is something emotional missing here. I can't put my finger on it. The love that the main character professes for the sister has no foundation. Beyond that, I will never understand the contemporary tendency to shoot scenes in the dark. Is this supposed to be art or some weird attempt to involve the viewer by requiring guesswork as what we are "seeing." Just because something happens at night does not require the camera to be blind. Too many important moments in the film, especially final minutes, are simply sound and a few murky shadows.
Plot is often too obvious and the twisty ending seems to go on forever, but its mostly a fun ride.
Decent plot and you will want to know how it ends. Worth watching.
...but not in a bad way. There are many twists in the plot that leave you wondering where the movie is going to go next. This makes it quite exciting, really. There is a surprise around every corner. The characters, themselves, are also twisted. Each brings their own mind bending history of self-loathing and pain to the plot. You'll meet your run-of-the-mill rouge cop movie characters. No surprises there. The plot is what makes the movie stand out from others. You find yourself conflicted over who you should root for at times. The acting felt a little contrived and awkward on occasion, but it wasn't distracting. All in all, I'd recommend the movie with a disclaimer of violence (duh, it's a rouge cop/suspense movie).
This was definitely a classic B-grade cop movie involving a lot of smoking, a lot of drinking, a lot of mentally screwed up characters, and a lot of violence.
There's a certain genre of movie where all the scenes are done at sunset or night, it feels like there's a drought going on, and all the characters are basket cases wrestling with emotional baggage from their past. This movie is like that.
However, the plot was really good. There were new plot twists in practically every new scene. The character development was pretty good too. All in all, not bad, although the violence left me with a sick feeling in my stomach.
Not a stunning movie, but always interested in see a stunning cast. The cast includes Joe Mantegna, Kelly Lynch, Naomi Watts, JT Walsh and Jon Favreau.
This is a fairly straightforward cop kicked off the force, romantic love triangle, stealing cash from gangsters and some fine mayhem type of movie.
While some of the writing, editing and direction leave a bit to be desired, there was enough here to hold my interest.
I wouldn't have gone out of my way to see this, but within the style is was both serviceable and worth my time.