This terrific corrupt-cop drama is, shockingly, about something that matters – institutional racism – rather than an exercise in plot reversals. Kurt Russell is superb as an LAPD veteran who’s used to rule bending, favor trading, and the casual bigotry of the job; Scott Speedman plays his young partner, who isn’t. Set against a backdrop of the Rodney King cop trial, verdict, and aftermath of riots, Ron Shelton’s movie is about something bigger than itself, and every performance rises to meet higher expectations.
Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Ving Rhames, Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman, Lolita Davidovich, Brendan Gleeson, Kurupt, Michael Michele, Master P; Director: Ron Shelton; Author: David Ayer; Release Date Wide: 02/21/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 118; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: United Artists (MGM)
Posted March 7 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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