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On the surface, Officer Ted Morning (Bill Sage) is a bad cop. He arrests without question. His "psychic" instinct, not some judge, decides who is guilty. His newly assigned partner, Rob Francis (Bill Dawes), the good cop, winces and questions Morning's rashness. Unaffected, Morning advises him, "You want to help people? You arrest them. That's what you do. You're a cop." On the surface, the lines between good cop and bad cop seem not so blurred.
But this film urges you to look past the obvious. Look past the badges of both characters and the story itself. Listen to the music (Joel Goodman, songs by Mike Doughty) that beats with strong bass, cowbells, or a poignant Latino rhythm. Watch carefully the mural that street kids paint throughout the film, which in the end finishes with its own final version of the story. Read the different signs people carry over their shoulders that you might easily mistake as product advertisements if you are just skimming the surface. Look beyond this conversion of diverse messages, and the subtext conveys a cop's greatest dilemma, "You can't be a friend to everyone."
Evenhand arrests and escalates you toward a unified theme when both cops meet juveniles pointing guns with deadly intent. There is no black and white, no clear right and wrong.Read more ›
Bill Dawes brings a certain vulnerability to a character unlike any contemporary actor I can think of. He has a special knack for being able to portray a wide range of emotions, but is particularly talented in expressing pensive, melancholy, and fear. This is especially evident in the second half of Chapter 12 (A Close Encounter) when Officer Francis comes face to face with a boy in a laundry room who has a gun pointed directly at him, immediately followed by a scene later that evening when Francis is seen alone in his apartment reflecting on his earlier near-death experience.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having retired from the job, I am pretty critical of cop movies. The film was a little rough around the edges with a few of the minor characters acting a little stiff, but even so... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Truth Crusader
I greatly enjoyed this movie. It has a few slow parts, but gave me some really good laughs. Definitely worth watching.Published 24 months ago by Eric A.
This is a movie that didn't get alot of attention. I'm not sure why because this is an awesome movie!Published on January 29, 2014 by Erica Gabbard
I like the actors, the music, the setting. I'm from San Antonio where this was filmed and the locations remind me of when I was younger and those buildings still existed... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by BobbyM
I had just hooked up my new Blu Ray player and was checking out instant streaming with Netflix and this movie popped up. So I proceeded to watch it and was happy I did. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Jonathan Barton
It's not your typical cop movie it feels much more real. I loved it. - look, acting, music, plot.Published on January 18, 2009 by Ikira Ag