Saturday, May 7, 2016

Deep Cover (1992)

Director: Bill Duke

Writers: Michael Tolkin, Henry Bean

Composer: Michel Colombier

Starring:  Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Lira Angel, Rene Assa, Bruce Paul Barbour, Sydney Lassick, Arthur Mendoza, Charles Martin Smith

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Dealer. Snitch. Junkie. Hustler.

Plot:  A black uniformed policeman is recruited by a devious drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a smuggling organization seeking to expand into designer drugs. This 'ugly side of the war on drugs' explores the context of race, identity and hypocrisy within a brutal and alienating investigation.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Nah.

Good movie but it crosses the line frequently of being overly stylish, especially with the the songs and how the visuals play off them.  The performances are good.  Fishburne plays it with more depth than a lesser film would.  Goldblum is Goldblum which is his frenetic best (and fun).  I had no idea Bill Duke (LOVE that guy's work) directed and he's done A LOT.  It's a good urban thriller that deserves a look.  The New Line snapcase DVD has a nice anamorphic widescreen print with the sole extra being the theatrical trailer (also anamorphic wide).

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