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Another 80's drugs bust
on 17 October 2004
At first glance, this doesn't sound like the sort of film that you'd expect out of Hollywood. The plot is that there are two guys: one is a narcotics cop (Russell) and the other has served time for drug dealing (Gibson) who just happen to be good friends. Gibson swears he's gone straight. Russell comes into information that a drug baron, who knows Gibson well, is going to visit. Things get complicated they both fall for the owner of Gibson's favourite restaurant (Pfeiffer).
The plot revolves around 3 questions: Has Gibson's character, Mac, really gone straight? For Russell, does his job or his friendship with Gibson come first? And, finally, which one will Pfeiffer end up with?
Compared to the average cop movie, the film is slow. On the plus side, considering it's a Hollywood movie, the film has an unusual ability to see shades of grey. At the end of the day, both of those observations stem from that fact that the film is primarily a romance with a police investigation backdrop. The characters are well drawn for crime film but are still pretty two dimensional for a romantic drama.