One Tough Cop (1998) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Although the critics didn't care for this movie, the problem with One Tough Cop isn't the quality. It is competently performed and directed.|
problem, in a nutshell is this:
this film is just the official collection of cop-and-mob movie and cop
series cliches from the past. For starters:
As you will see if you think about it, there's only one way out of the crisis. The mafioso and the partner have to kill each other, so Our Hero doesn't have to betray either of them.
That isn't exactly what happened, but the result was the same - they both died. If that isn't a convenient enough ending for you, if you just have to have more improbable resolutions of irresolvable situations, you may enjoy that the department's IA board concluded that the FBI lied, reinstated Our Hero with honors, and gave him more decorations than Patton.
|It may sound like a
whitewashed version of Bad Lieutenant, and it is in a way, except that
they separated the good and bad sides of Keitel's character and
distributed it to two different people. But the crucial elements are
the same. Cop with substance abuse and gambling problem, raped nun.
Actually, it isn't really a rip-off. In fact, the movie is based on the biography of Bo Dietl, a real NYPD cop. Unfortunately the bio is (admittedly) fictionalized, and the movie version is completely self-serving. It portrays Bo as an idealistic guy who never gave one thought to himself, but only to his friends and the good people of New York, gosh darn it. You may recognize his name, as Officer Dietl is now retired from the force, and is a regular guest on the Don Imus program, and he's the best darned guest they have, gosh darn it.
I have been a little bit unfair. Although the Dietl character is probably more suitable for sainthood than police work, the character of the mafioso was a reasonably good attempt to portray a well-rounded human being who listens to reason, negotiates fairly, admires courage and bravery in others, breaks off with a woman he loves because he wants to do right by his wife and kids, and sometimes exhibits some bravery, integrity, and community concern, despite his chosen profession. So I give the film credit for at least a little thoughtfulness.
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