Monday, May 30, 2016

Gang Related (1997)

This would have been perfect for my tribute to bad cops! Oh, and for my salute to Tupac

Synopsis: Corrupt cops clip criminal, confiscate cocaine, catch crazy kook, court catastrophe! 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Two killers are hiding where no one will ever find them... behind their badges!” 

What Did I Learn?:1) You can NEVER lose your sense of humor. Without that, you've got NOTHING. 2) The only difference between a witness and a liar is this: One knows what he's doing at all times; the other has no clue.

You Might Like This Movie If: you enjoy watching bad cops in action.

Really?: 1) Would anyone really call somebody a “lousy bag of used kitty litter?” That sounds written, and not authentic to me. 2) So, out of all the homeless winos they could have framed for the murder, Divinci and Rodriguez choose a former surgeon who comes from a filthy-rich family? That sounds a little contrived. 3) And why would Divinci and Rodriguez use a gun that was impounded in the LAPD evidence room for an important case in order to murder a drug dealer? Aren’t there about a zillion guns floating around in Los Angeles? 

Rating: Tupac Shakur and James Belushi share some great buddy chemistry in Gang Related, a so-so thriller that wound up being Tupac’s last screen performance. The film works for an evening’s entertainment, but for obvious reasons, none of the characters are particularly likeable, and it starts to drag once the focus shifts away from the two corrupt cops and James Earl Jones enters in the second act. 6/10 stars.

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