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Fishburne soon finds himself sucked into the dealer's life against his will, doing whatever he can to infiltrate the organization despite how far "deep" he's involved in it (as opposed to the cliche that the cop decides he likes being a drug dealer). Meanwhile, Jeff Goldblum also enters the chaos that's unraveling, learning to embrace the thug within him that was waiting to emerge. The film has the unmistakable look & sound of the early 90's (a good time in film & music if you ask me), but it has aged well due to sharp cinematography and a fine soundtrack. The film has a slightly distracting sub-plot involving Fishburne and a Christian cop played by Clarence Williams III, but Williams pulls it off with such conviction that you don't mind.Read more ›
This a superior thriller, taking the undercover cop story and crafting a tension-drenched and surprisingly subtle movie. And though it begins to lose its bottom by the end and becomes a little contrived, for the first three quarters of the movie it is expertise and a whole lot more unpredictable than most films of its genre. Veteran actor Laurence Fishburne stars, in, surprisingly, his first lead role, as an L.A. cop who is assigned to go undercover and infiltrate a major cocaine empire in Los Angeles. It is a job he reluctantly takes; as a child he witnessed his junkie father killed while pulling a stickup on Christmas Eve. The flashback of this is shown as the opening scene and is one of the most disturbing in the film, as the young child, who had just listened to his father ask him what he wanted for Christmas, watches the whole bloody incident in horror and pain from the parked car. This plays heavily on his conscience and his psychic well-being as the film goes on. He goes everywhere from the seedy streets of the inner-cities and ghettos as a cocaine dealer and manages to get all the way to the highest ranks of the organization. He does this by working his way into the circle of a mid-level drug distributor.Read more ›
Excellent cast, believable characters and dialogue, story with suspense and twists, well directed action and to top it all of -a moral story.
Plot in a sentence: honest black cop goes undercover and finds himself too deep...
This is no easy viewing, especially when you watch it by yourself for the first time, but it's quite rewarding in the end.
Favourite line: "All this time I thought I was a cop pretending to be a drugdealer. I am nothing but a drugdealer pretending to be a cop."
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Loved this movie, I had a previous copy a while back but it was lost. So glad I found another one.
The chemistry Laurence Fishborne and Jeff Goldblum had in this movie was... Read more
My favorite movie. Was not able to find this movie out in the general public for years. The price was impassable and the quality is perfect. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Justin MPLS
A classic film of that particular era in America. This film's theme represent the age old struggle of lines becoming blurred.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer