Tuesday, February 21, 2012

LA Confidential (1997)

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.

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.

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