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Exposed

Gee Malik Linton (2016)

102min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Standard police procedural meets art house social study in this New York-set drama whose release version was disowned by writer/director Gee Malik Linton. The studio allegedly excised some 25 minutes exploring in greater depth the story's Dominican milieu, changed Linton's original title, Daughter of God, and then credited him as fictitious director Declan Dale. Be that as it may, what's here on screen is an ungainly offering indeed, with Keanu Reeves making seriously heavy weather of it as a perplexed-looking detective investigating his errant colleague's unexplained demise in a subway slaying. The focus shifts back and forth to Cuban actress Ana de Armas, as a kindergarten teacher from a hardscrabble Dominican background whose Catholic faith might explain the enigmatic visions she believes are angels. It's mildly intriguing at first, but things quickly bog down in a self-consciously mysterious Shyamalan-esque gloom in which very little happens, and does so at a snail's pace. It's clearly intended as a magical-realist take on very genuine social conflicts, but the result, in this edit at least, is a trial to sit through.

Summary

A detective is determined to bring his dead partner's killers to justice, despite warnings from both his superior officers and the murdered man's wife to forget about it. As he delves deeper, he uncovers dangerous secrets and evidence of political corruption, with a devoutly religious woman seemingly the key to the mystery. Crime thriller, starring Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas and Mira Sorvino.

Cast & Crew

Detective Galban Keanu Reeves
Isabel de la Cruz Ana de Armas
Janine Cullen Mira Sorvino
Lieutenant Elway Christopher McDonald
Jonathan "Black" Jones Big Daddy Kane
Detective Dibronski Michael Rispoli
Eva De La Cruz Laura Gomez
Gloria De La Cruz Denia Brache
Detective Ramirez Melissa Linton
Director Gee Malik Linton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SignatureAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Feb 2016
Drama