Starring Naomi Harris, Tyrese Gibson, and Frank Grillo
*will try to keep it spoiler free
After more than a decade away, an army vet returns to her home city of New Orleans to become a cop. The rookie cop hardly recognizes the place. Corruption runs rampant. She accidentally captures a crooked cop murder some drug dealers on a body cam. 90% of the movie consists of her either just trying to stay alive or planning how to get the footage uploaded into the system. Complicating matters is the fact that the crooked cop lies to the drug dealer’s boss, getting him to put a hit on her.
– Story 4/5: Simplistic but compelling. They had to do some story working to make sure our heroine stayed in danger for the duration, but it worked well enough.
– Characters 4.5/5: Much of the movie hinges on the dynamics of a young black cop just trying to do her job while a more senior cop insists on convincing her she’s blue now (not back). Don’t remember much about the other characters. Alicia West (Naomi Harris) comes across as a young woman just trying to do the right thing.
– Soundtrack 4/5: The beginning rap song fits very well, setting the tone for the rest of the movie. Beyond that, the music consists of “chase scene” type, drum heavy scores. It’s all right but not exactly one you’d want to rush out to buy.
– Content Warnings: Some strong language. Violence, including a character getting beaten.- You could probably take this as light or deep as you want in terms of messages to be found here. I like keeping it simple: good vs evil.- It passes my “entertain me while I’m here” test. I missed a few crucial minutes by having to use the restroom, but I’m not sure it’s worth seeing twice on a big screen.
If you’re looking for a decent thriller and willing to overlook some things that needed to happen to keep the plot moving, you should consider this.
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