(out of 5)
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.
Directed by Mike Figgis
Screenplay by Henry Bean
Cinematography by John A. Alonzo
Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.
Production Design by Waldemar Kalinowski
Costume Design by Rudy Dillon
Film Editing by Robert Estrin
Cast Tags: Allan Havey, Andrew Herman, Andy Garcia, Annabella Sciorra, Arlen Dean Snyder, Billie Neal, Brian Eric Johnson, Camilla Bergstrom, Christopher Raymond Mullane, Deryn Warren,Dinah Lenney, Domingo Adkins, Elijah Wood, Faye Grant, Frank Mancuso Jr., Geoffrey Grider,Grant Sawyer, Hamlet Arman, Hank McGill, Harry S. Murphy, Heather Lauren Olson, Helen Lin, Jimmy Ortega, John Capodice, John Kapelos, Julio Oscar Mechoso,Justin De Rosa, Katherine Borowitz, Laurie Metcalf, Lew Hopson, Marco Rodríguez, Mark A. Cuttin, Michael Beach, Mitchell Claman, Nancy Travis, Pamella D’Pella, Richard B. Whitaker, Richard Bradford, Richard Gere, Ron Vawter, Scott Lincoln, Susan Forristal, Tyde Kierney, Valerie Wildman, Victoria Dillard, Waldemar Kalinowski, William Baldwin, Xander Berkeley