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Nothing special about the DVD. The audio is two-channel Dolby and the transfer is letterboxed but not enhanced for 16x9 TVs. Extra features are limited to a trailer and cast and crew bios, although there is an audio commentary by the director.
Fritz Brown/Michael Rooker is the lead here, dumped by the LAPD for a drinking problem and working now as a car repossessor and P.I. He's hired by concerned Freddie "Fat Dog" Baker/William Sasso to get the dirt on Sol Kupferman/Howard Gould, a shady fiftyish businessman his 17-year old sister Jane/Selma Blair has moved in with. Early on in the surveillance, whaddya know, he witnesses a suspicious exchange between Sol and Internal Affairs cop Haywood Cathcart/Brion James. Cathcart instigated Fritz's ouster from the force; he's not a dear friend.
From there, the plot starts to get complicated. I think I understood about half of it, the half that's explained (under extreme pressure from Fritz) by a third prominent bad guy. And I'm totally lost as to why a couple of prosperous creeps like Sol and Haywood would have been personally handling their transfers to start with. Or how after the routine 'drop the case' beating in which Fritz incurs a possible concussion and broken ribs, he appears to be fine 24 hours later.
But I'm probably thinking too hard. Those last two question marks might be examples of what critics refer to when suggesting to forget about plausible plot details, just relax and enjoy the action. Of which there is some on a small scale here, along with solid acting and a presentable script I'm guessing is pretty faithful to the Ellroy model. In a noir film you don't need much else.
The modern-day equivalent of a Poverty Row feature, Brown's Requiem lacks high production values and frills but generates a lot out of a little and features Michael Rooker at his anti-social best; if you like neo-noirs or James Ellroy you should watch this underappreciated little film.
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A private detective is hired to free a duped young sister by a man that has ties to an illicit activity. The client also has ties to some illicit activity. Read morePublished on June 28, 2006 by Michael A. Lilly
This film is a plain suspense story, though we know the bad ones from the very start. The suspense of the film comes from the slow discovery of the details of the crimes. Read morePublished on July 31, 2001 by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
I loved the book and couldn't believe that the movie was even better. I tend to be critical of first time directors, but I found very little to criticize. Read morePublished on October 10, 2000
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