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LA Confidential delivers
on March 12, 2014
Anything that Russell Crowe is in immediately has my attention. The movie is about the LA police department in the mid 1950's and some strange goings-on. The three main police characters each have a part of the truth, but they are each individual characters who don't care for or hate the others.
Russell's character. Bud White, grows the most throughout the movie, moving from a muscle guyM a direct applier of justice, who has a thing for protecting abused women and becomes an accomplished detective. Kevin Spacey's character, Jack V. seems to be based on Jack Webb's Dragnet (A TV show from the 50's) who also rediscovers why he became a cop.
Edmund Exley's character also discovers what being a policeman is about. He moves from being a by-the-rules officer to finally understanding that sometimes direct applications of justice are the only way that some criminals will receive the punishment they have due them.
All in all a great movie, filled with twists, and interesting characters.
If you like the movie, I suggest you read the book. I have done both, and I think the movie clears up some of my confusion from the book, while the book defines the characters and helps explain the final scenes of the movie.