|Directed by:||Ron Shelton|
|Written by:||Robert Souza, Ron Shelton|
|Starring:||Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Lena Olin, Bruce Greenwood, Isaiah Washington|
|Released:||September 4, 2003|
Harrison Ford looks about as excited making this film as I felt watching it. He talks like a tired, washed up cop but he could just as easily pass as a tired, washed up actor. Josh Hartnett isn’t much better but at least in forty years time he can tell his grandkids that he once worked with the legendary Harrison Ford. I know neither will admit it but you have to think they’re pretty disappointed by what ended up screen.
It’s a dull affair that screenwriters Robert Souza and Ron Shelton have unsuccessfully tried to spice up. Joe Gavilan (Ford) and Casey Calden (Hartnett) are LAPD detectives but they both have other interests outside the force. Gavilan is a part-time real estate agent who’s struggling to sell a property he’s invested in, and Calden is a wannabe actor who like a million others, is looking for some Hollywood exposure.
The case they’re currently investigating involves the murder of a rap band at a nightclub. They were brutally slain and the evidence suggests there was a witness but he or she cannot be identified. Hampering their efforts is the LAPD’s internal affairs department. Lieutenant Bennie Macko has a grudge against both Gavilan and Calden and is looking to pin something on them.
You can count the number of jokes on one hand and if you have seen the trailers and advertising, you’ll have already heard every single one of them. I can’t emphasise enough how disinterested Ford and Hartnett look. What is in abundance are the number of stupid inconsistencies in the plot. How these two can do half the stuff they do and get away with it is beyond me. They shoot wildly in a public street and no one blinks an eyelid. They obtain police sealed files so effortlessly. They have a sixth sense for following the enemy in chase sequences even when they didn’t see where they went.
What else can I say? There’s some farcical romantic subplots including Hartnett screwing everyone in town and Ford nailing his enemy’s wife. Academy Award winner Martin Landau lowers his credibility with a role which requires about times. As for the other characters, there’s little to no explanation as to why they’re even in the film or what fate their characters meet. What an incoherent mess. Oh and yes, Lou Diamond Phillips has a cameo role as a transvestite.
An investigation is certainly required to find out what went wrong in this Hollywood Homicide.