The case boasts that this film makes The Departed look like The Bill, well, the makers should be careful not to invite comparisons; in my opinion it's The Bill that'll look like The Departed after watching this. The main problem is the time it takes for the convoluted plot to get into gear, there are just too many stories it's trying to tell us, strangely, it omits some details we may be interested in, like some background to Colin Farell's character for a start.
Good points? Well, the idea of a family of cops with Edward Norton being the one good guy in a nest of bad-uns is good, and all the performances are solid, if a little earnest. The finale picks up some interest eventually, although the punch-up in a bar seems a little out of place with all the serious drama going on.
The film is also cursed with Hollywood's current fad for washed out colours, although the blu-ray image is detailed with only noticeable grain in some close-ups. Sound is disappointing; it's clear but not punchy enough.
One for rental only.