Joe Carnahan (2001)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Writer/director Joe Carnahan here deftly manipulates all the clichés of the hard-boiled cop thriller, producing an above-average example of the genre. An impressively moustached Jason Patric is suspended after a drugs surveillance operation ends with him accidentally shooting a pregnant woman. Almost two years later, he reluctantly agrees to be brought back on to the force to investigate the homicide of a colleague, in return for a lasting placement in a desk job. The dead man's partner, played with hair-raising energy by Ray Liotta, seems to be quite willing to break all the rules to get the killer, but Patric begins to suspect his motives and even the circumstances surrounding the cop's murder. While the overfamiliar plot often fails to convince, strong performances from the well-matched leads and the occasional stand-out set piece - the opening chase on foot is a tour de force - still manage to hold the attention.


A traumatised cop taken off duty after a fatal shooting reluctantly agrees to resume active service to help investigate the murder of a fellow officer. However, he is teamed up with the dead man's partner, and when he uncovers evidence of corruption on the victim's part, the two detectives are divided over whether to delve any deeper. Thriller, starring Ray Liotta, Jason Patric and Chi McBride.

Cast & Crew

Lt Henry Oak Ray Liotta
Nick Tellis Jason Patric
Capt Cheevers Chi McBride
Darnell "Big D Love" Beery Busta Rhymes
Katherine Calvess Anne Openshaw
Octavio Ruiz John Oritz
Director Joe Carnahan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 7 Feb 2003