LaMarca, son of the respected Police Lieutenant Vincent LaMarca,
kills a dealer in a drug-induced state. Vincent tries to be
the father he has thus far neglected to be, by investigating
the incident, bringing in his son and cleaning him up. However,
an associate of the dealer wants the money he thinks Joey
has stolen. When the lieutenant's partner is killed by the
man whilst looking for Joey, everyone thinks the cop's son
is responsible. This appears to be substantiated by the discovery
of a gun with Joey's prints on it. Suddenly, nobody is listening
to Vincent, and the media begins to dishonour his name...
DeNiro has never particularly been my cup of tea. Here, he's
not too bad. That's pretty gracious of me, don't you think?
It's refreshing to see the man playing an honest and genuine
law enforcement officer, without any of that steroid-waving,
macho one-man-band exaggeration so prevalent to these kind
of stories. All of the violence comes from other people, and
that works fine. It's also unusual to have the woman in the
broken marriage being portrayed as the guilty party, rather
than the standard aggressive, drunken or workaholic husband.
said all that, this film still principally concerns drugs
and shootings, and we've seen far too much of that already.
I can't imagine many people - even avid fans of DeNiro - buying
this video for repeated viewings, but it is just interesting
enough to be worth seeing once. Rent, don't buy.
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