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Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck is involved in any number of dubious or downright criminal activities. He is also devious, a womaniser, and a clever manipulator, and he starts to turn his attention on Avila.
Most people will consider this to be a by the numbers cop movie and I couldn't say that they're wrong. The dirty cop plot isn't exactly new and its been done to death. So why I do I still like it?
The performances from the two leads were great even if I could predict their actions. This is a different role for Richard Gere since he usually plays on the good side of things. Andy Garcia compliments things well as the straight laced cop who has to take him down. The directing is well done and that certainly helps. Some of the side characters felt like distractions, but they didn't take away from the story.
A familiar cop story with good acting that's more of a cat and mouse game instead of a bloated action flick.
In the same year that Andy Garcia would shine as the best thing in Francis Ford Coppola's third Godfather movie, he'd also strap on a gun on the right side of the law. Mike Figgis's police corruption drama certainly has star pulling power in the shape of crooked cop Richard Gere and the web of deception he weaves when he becomes the focus of Garcia's I.A.D. investigation.
The late eighties and early nineties saw a host of movies that focused on the beleaguered L.A.P.D. Their reputation as corrupt, racist thugs, were only heightened by movies like this as the actual streets of L.A. burned following riots over their actions. This film has Gere's Dennis Peck controlling half the department offering…
I watched this compulsively as a teenager, but I'm not sure I realized back then how freakin' weird it is. The narrative--a fairly standard bad-cop/good-cop thriller--basically corrodes before our eyes and logic breaks down like a jalopy, until this cat-and-mouse thriller is an almost totally subjective, dreamlike essay on the fragility of the male ego. Laurie Metcalf is a standout as Andy Garcia's lesbian partner. What a crime she never got more roles like this.
Richard Gere is one of those guys who has aged very well indeed. A man who embraced his changing hair colour when most would have gone for some bottle dye job, his style gave him a sophisticated and natural look the ladies loved and men like me envied. He also made some pretty decent films slotted in between rom-coms and the odd turkey, and Mike Figgis's Internal Affairs is among the best of them.
Gere plays a crooked LAPD cop who comes under the scrutiny of IAD when his partner is investigated. Smooth, manipulative, and as dirty as they come, he's also quite magnetic in his ability to control his environment. On his tail comes Andy Garcia who instantly becomes…
Sure, the film is cliche and the characters are archetypes of the archetypes, and yet I'll be damned if I didn't enjoy the goofy charm offered up to me last night.
Look at that poster. Two pretty boys try their best to look like tough male specimens. The poster alone tends to bring out the innate cheesy nature of the culture bridge between the 80's and 90's. In fact, I wouldn't argue if one made the statement that this 90's film is simply cheesy as fuck. As such, I'm not going to bother with a formal review here. Something about the characters and situations in this one led to this being a satisfying (but ultimately empty) viewing.
Bask in the homoeroticism and you may end up having simply a damn good time.
Internal Affairs literally contains the following dialogue exchange between a cop and a doctor:
"Doc, is she going to make it?"
"That depends. Is she a fighter?"
"Then that's the best we've got."
The rest of the movie is like that too, as much checklist of clichés as any cop movie parody, only it's played totally straight here. What makes the movie, about a rookie IA agent (Andy Garcia) and his partner (Laurie Metcalf) investigating a brazenly corrupt cop (Richard Gere), unique is its weird sleazy streak. Gere's character has a weird habit of seducing and hate-fucking the wives of his enemies, and he repeatedly attacks Garcia's character by threatening to seduce his wife (Nancy Travis - I'd completely…
We often hear of films being remade to fit into the current times. Usually these are films that were iconic in their day or critically acclaimed. As we all know this often does not work but that is because it is always difficult to top something that was already solid. With Internal Affairs we may have found a smaller film that could benefit from an adaptation into today's world. Here we follow an ambitious Internal Affair Detective suspect and investigate a potentially corrupt officer. It begins clunky, lacking of direction, shoddy editing and ham-fisted acting however as the second half rolls around the plot thickens, we go deeper into the character's psyche and we see the hero slowly turn into…
"You selfish yuppie!" -3 stars
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Es fácil hacer algunas comparaciones, válidas por demás, con Training Day por ejemplo, ya que ambas tienen como villanos a dos personajes encantadores que en apariencia están del lado "correcto" de la ley. Sin embargo Richard Gere, que interpreta aquí a alguien con menos rango dentro de la fuerza policial que el personaje que hiciera Denzel Washington, se conforma con mantener una vida cómoda a través del chantaje de sus similares.
Gere se aprovecha, y esto lo vemos desde la escena de créditos que acompaña una redada, de las debilidades de los novatos en el trabajo policial. Sin embargo hay algo genuinamente macabro y malvado en su personaje pues no parece tener ningún tipo de código moral. A uno de…
A classic in its own right. Had not seen this since... 1990 and had blissfully forgotten what was going on and what the people were wearing: the bad clothes and gold frame sun glasses! It still is a good one, although it seems a bit slow in comparison with many of the current flims about good cop and bad cop. Garcia and Gere.... they should make a film together again, that would sooth my soul!
So this movie stars Richard Gere. Normally, this would be the part of the review where I shit all over him, but I can't here. He's menacing and evil and great in this movie.
This movie has strengths and weaknesses. The weaker moments far outweigh the good unfortunately.
I like gritty, 80s/90s, DePalma-esque, cop stories as much as the next guy, but the lengths to which this one goes just ends up feeling contrived and stupid.
When the best thing about your movie is Laurie Metcalf in a very supporting role, you've got problems.
Andy Garcia was the "it" actor of 1990. Here's his first leading man turn as Raymond Avila. A newly appointed internal affairs cop that gets assigned to check up on a routine domestic abuse case that gets tangled up with beat cop/hitman/cocksman Dennis Peck played with real malice and lust by Richard Gere. The veteran cop goes after the young latino cop not only to throw him off the case but to fuck with his family home life and sanity. Gere should've played more villains. Goddamn he's a sonofabitch! A charming guy that bangs his ex-wives with no problems from his current wife, loves his many, many kids and in order to provide he needs money. He makes it protecting…
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