Jason Patric, Ray Liotta, Chi McBride, Busta Rhymes
Detroit, certainly as depicted in this top-notch thriller, is a miserable city.
In one of the best and most gripping films in some time we are on the mean streets of a city long in decline for writer-director Carnahan's stunningly carved story, which he has shot in atmospheric tones.
Patric, a fine actor who does much excellent work, is a narcotics detective whose previous case went wrong. Brought back to investigate the killing of a colleague he is teamed with the grumpy Liotta. It is one of the screen's great pairings.
Liotta comes in a bulkier form than we have known before, and he has found a role which he can grab and run with, to perfection. He too is an actor to cherish.
But it is the depiction of Detroit which attracts our attention, a grim, gray place of menacing shadows and dangers at every corner. In such a dismal landscape we follow the two central characters in a film shaved down to the barest of essentials and spare and lean in its telling.
There is an interesting and troubled domestic life for Patric's character to live through, but the film remains at its brilliant best when we are hitting the bricks with our cop buddies.
A positive gem!