Patric stars as Nick Tellis, a suspended narcotics officer recruited to investigate the murder of Michael Calvess, a rookie cop killed under mysterious circumstances. Tellis is teamed with Calvess's partner, Henry Oak (Liotta), a hot-tempered renegade who'll stop at nothing to avenge his friend's death. As Tellis and Oak follow a shadowy trail through the seamy drug underworld, the lines start to blur- between right and wrong, good and evil, and justice and revenge.
Good acting by Liotta and Pactrick Good story and a bit of a surprise ending. It's obviously a low budget film the way and the speed it was filmed at, but well done, nonetheless. It's a bit difficult to keep up with some of the story line as it jumps around some. It comes together at the end, but I still had a few loose ends I could put together. That didn't take away from the movie so much, but would have been nice to understand what was Jason Patrick's character's problem with the dept and being fired, and the dead cops wife. That wasn't so clear Overall a good action, suspense movie that never really dragged out. Very violent and the language was more than rough.
Narc is one of the best movies that I have seen in recent months, As both writer and director Carnahan is brilliant. His script is well written and has plenty of tough dialogue but it is the feel and look of the film that is brilliant. On top of the toning used to taint each scene (the job is mostly washed out blues, family scenes are reds but gradually lose their taint over the film) the film uses other tricks. The framing of shots are different for each character and it really adds to the film. If you like this film it is worth hunting out the DVD just for the extras, Carnahan talks in detail about the reasons behind the composition of some shots and it is impressive to hear and understand his thought process. This is a story of bad cop and bad cop working together, which is a relief to me since the good cop plus bad cop pairing is too over done. Joe Carnahan shows that he is an extremely talented writer and director. Narc was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002. Which is not a surprise since this was a very good film.
If ever there was a doom and gloom dark movie, this is it. It's monotone colors (right down to the street clothes) and faces could have been filmed in black and white. Not a dash of color or brightness in this movie. it's subject matter is horrendous and violent. Murder, ulterior motives and politics. Just what you would expect. Ray Liotta of course, great in everything. A good movie for a cold dark and rainy night. Not for the kids. Not for the wife or grandma movie nights! Total guy film. You won't feel uplifted or happy after seeing this. You won't go for ice cream. You won't go for a walk in the park on a sunny day. You will lock the doors up tight and go to bed and pull the covers over your head. This is a deep dark police mystery full of personal issues, drugs, shooting, beatings and swearing.....but you won't want to miss it either. There are no happy faces.....
This movie went largely unnoticed in the theaters. But it is a fine and well acted movie. Ray Liotta is often noted for his work in NYC/Jersey crime dramas like 'Copland' or 'Goodfellas' but he gives a great performance here as an intense Detroit Homicide cop. I was born and raised in Detroit so I have seen how most movies miss when it comes to portraying the real Detroit (the Detroit scenes from the ridculous Beverly Hills Cops movies for instance). This movie gets it exactly right. Detroit cops and crooks do not look or act like persons from NYC or LA and the film takes the time to show that.
NARC was filmed in the winter and you can see how the car and bus fumes change the snow from white to dreary gray. Actually everything appears gray and bleak. The action scenes, much like real life violence, are frenetic and chaotic. The screenplay focuses on new partners Nick Tellis(Jason Patric) and Henry Oak(Ray Liotta) as they form an uneasy alliance to close the case of a murdered police officer who may or may not have been corrupt. The screenplay, acting, directing are all first rate.
It's been a while since I have seen a good new crime drama so I thought I would bring attention to this little known oldie but goodie. OK, it's not really that old, but it does seem to have gone under the radar, which is a shame, because it really is good. Set in dreary Detroit, two Detectives (Liotta and Patric) are investigating the murder of an undercover cop who happens to be Liotta's ex-partner. Both men have their own personal demons to deal with, and as the case wears on, both men's notions of truth and justice will be put to the test. There's nothing overly complex or cliched about the film and it doesn't try too hard to be profound. It's just a good, realistic, urban police drama with a nice denouement, which seems to be rare these days.