CB Productions, ANA Media, Mandalay Vision,

Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Neal McDonough, Amy Smart, Tom Berenger, Bill Duke, Chris Marquette, Kevin Chapman

Ace Detective Bud Carter (Willem Dafoe) takes down contract killer Jesse Weiland (Matt Dillon), but he’s not the one he’s after. With a lot of persuading Jesse is convinced to rat out the mob boss who is Bud’s real target. But when the mob puts a hit on Carter, and Jesse knows his days are numbered as well, the two have to work together to take down the mob in this Louisiana bayou crime thriller.

Unfortunately we’ve seen this movie over and over again. It’s a very common story, but one that is enjoyable just the same. As crime stories go, this one isn’t bad, but it is something we’ve seen before, so that takes away from the enjoyment. Willem Dafoe is really good as the rogue cop fighting the system and trying to get the big score, even when he’s told to let it go. We’ve seen this character before as well, but Dafoe really does a good job in the role, and I usually enjoy his performance in anything he takes on. (Am I the only one, or does he always seem like Jack Kennedy since his breakthrough role as the president?). Matt Dillon is a bit off in his portrayal of Jesse. He gives his best here, but it’s just hard to accept him in this kind of role. He just doesn’t seem like the gun for hire type and that might have been a miscast here. Other than that, it’s an interesting crime thriller and though it’s a bit hackneyed, if that kind of story is what you’re looking for, this one has a lot going for it.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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