The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Head-swiveling directorial debut of Lili Fini Zanuck lays out a tough masculine scenario [based on Kim Wozencraft's book] in a way that is always emotionally riveting.
Leigh is effective as always, but has little to chew on; Patric has even less.
Zanuck's debut feature fails to keep its dramatic sightlines clear.
Mr. Patric and Ms. Leigh are able to make Jim and Kristen as grimly memorable as the drug culture that threatens to engulf them both.
Despite the false notes and grinding bleakness, the film's insider savvy makes for pungent drama.
It peaks way before the movie's over. You're caught in a slow but steady decline, an unwanted comedown.
Though well-acted, well-written and well-directed, it's still an unpleasant watch that never gets beyond being routine.
Neither glamorising nor moralising, Rush deserves plaudits for its gritty, no-holds-barred take on drugs. The intelligent performances are the icing on the cake.
To be really powerful or tragic they need to be a lot less hackneyed and directed with more inspiration than this merely adequate effort.
A melodramatic, if gritty, Hollywood muddle.
A gritty look at drug addiction, moral consequences and ethically questionable scenarios from the perspective of a couple of undercover cops in the deep south of Texas.
All of this is bolstered by solid performances, especially impressive since the characters are woefully underwritten.
A truly excellent, authentic, engrossing, and relentlessly dark depiction of drugs and the criminal justice system. There are no true "good guys" to be found, and the bad guys are found on both sides, moral ambiguity is rampant. The film does a fantastic job of showing how fine the line often is, and how, in the name of moral relativity, it's often crossed. The film captures a fantastic tone throughout, and is powerfully acted by both Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh, who have a gripping chemistry together. The script is intelligent, being based on a semi-autobiographical novel, and offers poignant insight. One of the best "in too deep" films out there.
Critically insane story of an Texas undercover narcotics police sergeant Jim Raynor (Jason Patric) that recruits a fresh young police rookie Kristen Cates (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to infiltrate and take down a suspected drug dealing crime boss (Gregg Allman). Between getting strung out and collecting evidence against the crime boss...the pressure escalates on the pair to manufacture fictitious evidence to get this crime boss off the streets. As the pressure increases the assistance of their superior (Sam Elliot) and his higher ups...becomes more evident that manufacturing police evidence against a suspect, is against police protocol...the heat gets turned up on whether the crime boss will go behind bars but what will be the cost of the risky effort? This fairly slow moving drama will rock you to the edge of your seat and suspense you with with a rolling sound track...see it!
I liked this film when it came out in '91, and it holds up.
Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in this tale of two undercover cops(narcotics agents) who get caught up in the lifestyle as they are in pursuit of a shady bar owner who may very well be the biggest drug pusher in the area, as well as other dealers with the help of a friend and user.
The performances by Patric and Leigh are brilliant in this dim film based on true events of two narcotics agents in 1974 rural Texas who literally take their work home with them which is clearly nothing but trouble in many ways. Eric Clapton's bluesy score adds to the time and tone of the film as well.
[font=Century Gothic]"Rush" takes place in 1975. Vice cop, Jim Raynor(Jason Patric), recruits rookie policewoman, Kristen Cates(Jennifer Jason Leigh, great as always), to go undercover with him to buy drugs to be used in evidence against drug dealers in Katterly, Texas. Needless to say, they get in over their heads as the line is crossed...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Rush" is a quietly suspenseful and completely believable film that casts a very skeptical eye on the war on drugs. Max Perlich nearly steals the movie playing a minor drug dealer with a penchant for grand theft auto. And Gregg Allman has a very commanding presence.[/font]
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