SWORN TO PROTECT. SWORN TO SERVE. SWORN TO SECRECY.
Just days before the 1992 L.A. riots, corrupt cop Eldon Perry and his young partner (Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman) investigate a case of homicide/robbery that will truly put them to the test. It’s not the first time writer James Ellroy portrays police corruption; the style of the movie is a bit over-the-top and there isn’t much about it that feels novel. However, the predictability is offset by Ron Shelton’s steady direction and the performances. Brendan Gleeson and Ving Rhames are effective as two polar opposites on the force, and Russell is great as the self-loathing, brutalized veteran cop.
2003-U.S. 118 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Ron Shelton. Screenplay: David Ayer. Story: James Ellroy. Cast: Kurt Russell (Eldon Perry), Brendan Gleeson (Jack Van Meter), Scott Speedman (Bobby Keough), Michael Michele, Lolita Davidovich, Ving Rhames.