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Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Mar 2019)
Brief Synopsis – The local police chief on a Caribbean Island is torn by his conscience when a childhood friend is accused of murder and decides to try and find the real killer.
My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about not long after it came out, yet never really had much of a desire to see what it was all about.
Denzel Washington is great in the lead role and manages to make his character seem quite real and plausible in his quest to clear the name of his friend.
The story itself tho is the problem here because it gets much too convoluted as it tries to enhance the plot with tales of conspiracy theories and politically motivated plot lines.
This film tries too hard to mix together the various elements in order to make things seem much more intricate yet in reality, it hurts the natural flow of the story.
They do a nice job of drawing on political events of the late 80’s in order to give the story a bit more credibility ad depth.
This film has a nice supporting cast but more feel underused especially since this is clearly Denzel’s show the whole way through.
Even character actor M. Emmet Walsh can’t hold a candle up to him despite a nice performance in a role that seems as if it would normally have been very different from the kind of roles he is great at.
Bottom Line – Washington does a nice job in the lead here, but the story itself is a bit too convoluted for it’s own good. They try too hard to mix together so many different kinds of conspiracy theories in their attempt to make the plot seem more intricate. Liked the way that they are able to draw on numerous political situations of that era n order to make the premise seem more plausible. The supporting cast is ok but none of them are able to match the performance by Denzel who outshines everyone, even character actor Walsh who does a nice job in a role that he seems very miscast in.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Washington, a scene of him and Mimi Rogers kissing was deleted due to negative reactions from test audiences. He told The Chicago Sun-Times: “Black women hated the scene. White men hated the scene.” (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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