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In 1983, a veteran Baton Rouge detective, Bud Carter (Willem Dafoe), infiltrates the most powerful criminal enterprise in the South. After taking down its top lieutenant and contract killer, Jesse Weiland (Matt Dillon), the detective convinces him to become an informant. Jesse sets out to help bring down the entire organisation, including its architect, Lutin (Tom Berenger). Based on a true story.
DVD Bonus Material:
• Deleted Scenes
• “Taking Down An Empire: On the Set” Featurette – Go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew to hear about the process of taking the film from script to screen and shooting on location in Louisiana.
Directed by Chris Brinker, producer of The Boondock Saints and The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the DVD features deleted scenes and “Taking Down An Empire: On the Set,” an in-depth featurette on the making of this modern, film-noir thrill ride.
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Nazi type criminals, and the really brutal, evil that they are capable of, the film is really well done,
particularly as it had a low budget, I don't know alot about film making, but this is solid proof, that you
don't need mass money to make a very watchable film... Can't find a fault with it,
other than some of the characters do not make for easy viewing, maybe I'm just too soft..?
There is obviously a lot of poetic license involved being 'based' on a true story but what the hell. This is a no brainer film. Sit, watch, enjoy. If you want to pick holes you will find them but what's the point. It's an easy going film so treat it as such.
PRECISION: this film was initially supposed to have for title "Whiskey Bay" and on some webpages it can still be found under this name
Somewhere in Louisiana police officer Bud Stewart (Willem Dafoe) makes a seemingly rather routine arrest, but he quickly starts to suspect that the criminal he apprehended, Jesse Weiland (Matt Dillon), far from being simply a burglar, a fence and a gun smuggler is in fact something much worse - and also somebody much more important. Initially very loyal to his bosses, Jesse ultimately agrees to turn informant, after his younger brother is murdered and it appears that his wife Lynn (Amy Smart) is not being taken care of and lives penniless. It is then revealed that he works in fact for a large criminal network, formed first in prison by numerous violent felons who also all share a visceral hatred of ethnic minorities. This organization is never named but it is clear that it was inspired by Aryan Brotherhood. And then the film really begins...
A gumbo which mixes a really bad@ss police officer, a neo-Nazi gangster turned supergrass, gun trafficking, diamond smuggling, a mob lawyer, FBI, ATF, DOAs, GSWs, corrupt Washington lobbyist, a wire and an insane racist goon named Catfish (!) Stanton should in principle be at least a honest treat. To improve this combo they even threw in a Cajun (a bad un...) villain, who not only is covered in swastikas, but, supreme proof of evil wickedness, he even speaks FRENCH...)))!!! This pretty scary guy, played by Tom Berenger, is named Lutin Adams (Tom Berenger) and this is actually a pretty good joke, because "Lutin" means "little elf" in French...)))
Quite a lot of good actors were hired for this film. Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon and Tom Berenger are of course major stars and always a pleasure to watch in anything. As for Amy Smart I admit that I have a major crush on her ever since I saw her next to Denise Richards in "Straship Troopers" - and notwithstanding the stellar beauty of Ms Richards I completely forgot about her and had instead a "Who is THAT girl?" moment... In this film, albeit her screen time is finally rather limited, she simply SHINES!
There are also many familiar faces in secondary roles, like Bill Duke (Mac in "Predator"), Kevin Chapman (Detective Lionel Fusco in "Person of Interest") and Frederick Weller (US Marshall Marshall Mann from "In Plain Sight").
Sadly, all those good ideas and good actors were used poorly. After a honest beginning the film starts to turn into boring absurdity. Decisions made by all the protagonists usually don't make any sense. Interesting characters are destroyed quickly. Interesting possibilities are never explored - or closed as soon as they appear. F-bombs and shootings become quickly the whole plot. Cops ROUTINELY torture suspects - who seem to ignore even the fact that there are entitled to a lawyer... And let's not even talk about the last 30 minutes... Finally, action scenes are just ridiculous Chuck Norris style shootings (one bullet-proof guy who never misses against dozens of bullet-attracting guys who cannot shoot) - and Chuck Norris style shootings are fun only when they are performed by Chuck Norris...
The only two things which are really worth seeing in this film are Amy Smart and the one short scene in which Willem Dafoe can finally pay back Tom Berenger for what he did to him in "Platoon"...))) Otherwise this film is a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. I will not keep the DVD. AVOID!
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