Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 2003. Revolution Studios, Pitt-Shelton Productions. Screenplay by Robert Souza, Ron Shelton. Cinematography by Barry Peterson. Produced by Lou Pitt, Ron Shelton. Music by Alex Wurman. Production Design by James D. Bissell. Costume Design by Bernie Pollack. Film Editing by Paul Seydor.
Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett play an oddly matched team of homicide detectives, both of whom also have other jobs on the side. Ford is a real estate agent, while Hartnett is a yoga instructor and aspiring actor. The two of them have their lives swept into a whirlwind when they are assigned to the case of a multiple murder in a Los Angeles nightclub, the investigation of which leads them to mighty and powerful members of the rap music industry. The film has absolutely no life, no pulse, and no characters worthy of our interest except for the divine Lena Olin as Ford’s psychic girlfriend. The writers give the villain away on purpose in the first reel, presumably to create an atmosphere of tension that will allow the audience to see how our heroes get to the final answer with each clue they unravel, but the plotting is so haphazard that it really seems by random accident that anything is ever solved. Director Ron Shelton fails to bring the delightful comedy of his previous classics like Bull Durham and Tin Cup to this boring mess, and the performances are totally lifeless, with Ford looking like he’s in a coma and Hartnett dully coasting on the popularity of his Teen Idol looks.