Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1990. Paramount Pictures, Image Organization, Malofilm, Out of the Town Films. Screenplay by Henry Bean. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo. Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.. Music by Brian Banks, Mike Figgis, Anthony Marinelli. Production Design by Waldemar Kalinowski. Costume Design by Rudy Dillon. Film Editing by Robert Estrin.
Mike Figgis’ cop thriller stars Andy Garcia as an Internal Affairs investigator whose target is a crooked cop (Richard Gere) with ties to the mob. Without realizing it, Garcia has gotten into a scheme so deadly it could prove fatal for him and his family, not to mention his stalwart partner (Laurie Metcalf). Gere has a great time being the bad guy, something he does with incredible flair, but Garcia is far too flat to play the lead role. Even as an anti-hero (he is the “good guy” but he beats his wife), Garcia never manages to tie the unlikeable aspects of his character to his positive side well enough to sell him as a redeemable human being. Alas, our lack of sympathy for him kills much of the drama in the story, but aside from that Figgis has made a reasonably diverting cop thriller with a distinct edge.