WHO SHOT BIGGIE?
Jackson (Forest Whitaker), a reporter, teams up with former LAPD detective Russell Poole (Johnny Depp) to look into the 1997 murder of Christopher Wallace, The Notorious B.I.G., an event Poole has never been able to put behind him. Most attempts to bring clarity to this case have only resulted in more questions and this confusion mars a film that portrays a police department suffering from racial tensions. Nothing interesting really comes out of it, even if several ingredients (including the locations and Depp’s performance) are fine.
2021-U.S. 112 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Brad Furman. Book: Randall Sullivan (”LAbyrinth”). Cast: Johnny Depp (Russell Poole), Forest Whitaker (Jackson), Toby Huss (Fred Miller), Dayton Callie, Neil Brown, Jr., Shea Whigham.
Trivia: Co-executive produced by Depp. Voletta Wallace, Christopher Wallace’s mother, plays herself. Largely filmed in 2017. Sylvester Stallone was reportedly considered for the part of Poole.