Salute to Bad Cops Movie #3:
Synopsis: Backstabbing keener, violent hothead and social-climbing narcissist join forces to solve murders in 1950s LA.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Three cops (Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce), a call girl (Kim Bassinger), a mysterious millionaire (David Strathairn), a tabloid journalist (Danny DeVito) and the Chief of Detectives (James Cromwell) fuel a labyrinthine plot rife with mystery, ambition, romance and humour.”
What Did I Learn?: If you’re hated by your fellow police officers as a no-good snitch, the best way to regain their respect is to blast a few suspects with an Ithaca Model 37 shotgun.
You Might Like This Movie If: You want to know what’s really going on in Hollywood...
Really?: I realize Kevin Spacey’s character gets a case of the guilts, but come on...why would he leave a perfectly good $50 bill behind as a bar tip?
Rating: LA Confidential drags in places, none of the characters are terribly likeable (although Guy Pearce provides a complex performance as Ed Exley, an ambitious, backstabbing cop who nevertheless believes in justice), and it loses something after DeVito's character departs, but it’s a well-written, and deeply engrossing film. 9/10 stars.