Bad Country

Bad Country

Chris Brinker (2014)

100min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In 1983, in the steamy American southern state of Louisiana, Jesse Weiland (Matt Dillon), top level contract killer, reluctantly turns police informant. Persuaded by toughened Baton Rouge detective Bud Carter (Willem Dafoe), the duo attempt to cripple the south's most dangerous crime syndicate headed by Lutin Adams (Tom Berenger). A directorial debut for Boondocks Saints producer Chris Brinker, who died in its post production, Bad Company is a loosely factual drama that's less than the sum of its parts. The incredible leads of Dillon and Dafoe and an equally superb supporting roster that includes Amy Smart and Bill Duke can't haul this rote police procedural out of the swamp. What should be a thriller plods along, relived only by an occasional flourish of snappy dialogue - "I'm the one with the devil's address" - or shocking reveal (rotted cadaver in an oil drum). In this parade of fake facial hair, expect the usual clichés: white supremacists in big ole cowboy hats and a crime wife clutching a baby to her chest during a prison visit. Bad Company is a B-movie, a tough feat when there's this much acting power under the bonnet, although the complex soundtrack suggests the plan of a more ambitious film choked by financial restrictions.

Summary

A police officer infiltrates a crime syndicate in 1980s Louisiana, and persuades one of their contract killers to become an informant. However, when the hitman's betrayal is exposed, his family comes under threat and he resolves to take the law into his own hands. Fact-based crime drama, starring Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger.

Cast & Crew

Jesse Weiland Matt Dillon
Bud Carter Willem Dafoe
Lutin Adams Tom Berenger
Lynn Weiland Amy Smart
John Nokes Bill Duke
Kiersey Neal McDonough
Fitch Chris Marquette
Director Chris Brinker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: violence, swearing, drug abuse, nudityAvailable on: DVD
Drama