In Too Deep (1999)

In Too Deep

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: This shallow police film doesn't establish any kind of rhythm.


Movie Info

In this crime thriller, L.L. Cool J is a underworld boss so powerful that his nickname is "God." He has his fingers in 80% of the drug traffic in Cincinnati, has won over nearly every adversary through bribery or intimidation, and seems practically untouchable. New police detective Jeffrey Cole (Omar Epps), convinced that he's the man who can bring down "God" and his empire, assumes a criminal identity that allows him to infiltrate "God"'s organization. However, the longer Cole remains inside … More

Rating: R (for strong sensuality and language, and for some violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Aaron, Michael Henry Brown
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2000
Runtime:
Dimension Films - Official Site

Cast


as Jeff Cole/J. Reid

as Duane Keith `God' Gi...

as Preston Boyd

as Det. Angela Wilson

as Breezy T.

as Mrs. Batista

as Loretta

as Daniel Connally

as Ray-Ray

as Esperanza Batista

as Dr. Bratton

as O'Hanlon

as Miguel Batista

as Mrs. Connelly

as Frisco

as Mrs. Johnson

as Murphy

as Connelly (age 4)

as Connelly (age 2)

as Rick Scott

as Felipe Batista

as Marcus (age 8)

as Marcus (age 3)

as Martha

as Romeo Concepcion

as Minister

as Officer No. 1

as Officer No. 2

as Batista Cop No. 1

as Batista Cop No. 2

as Grandmother

as Professor

as Female Cadet

as Red-Haired Cadet
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Critic Reviews for In Too Deep

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (20)

In its exploration of the moral dilemma of the undercover life, In Too Deep breaks no ground. But Epps is a leading man on the rise, and Cool J is something to see.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Competent yet largely forgettable.

Full Review… | April 5, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Plot not deep enough.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Slow and predictable!

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

The script irrevocably falters.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

An extremely raw, disturbing film!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Associated Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for In Too Deep

Because this movie takes place in Cinncinnatti and I am from Ohio and about to finish up my degree in Criminal Justice I could be a little bias in this review...

But in my opinion it was a five star movie. Omar Epps does an amazing job at his emotionally conflicted role as an under-cover cop and LL Cool J Surprisenly pulls off an amazing performance as "God" a major drug lord pushing an 11million dollar crack trade.

Inspired by a true story, this movie captures the emotions of those who must of been conflicted in the real life event, as well as captures what people involved in drug trade, good evil or bystander, see's and goes through on a day-to-day base.

What is even better about this film is it's not your typical crime movie. It's more so about the life of an under-cover cop and the struggles to keep there personal life and there undercover persona seperated. Sometimes when a man is undercover so long it's easy to lose your way and believe that you are the personality you play on the street, and Omar Epps, captures that perfectly.

I apersonally was also especially refreashed by the fact that this took place in Ohio, a different scene than the same old "New York, LA, Miami" that we have seen in at least a thousand movies now. It's a great new setting, for an unpredictable, action packed, and emotional criminal drama.

It passes in all areas!

bhobbs1985
Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

decent flick but not as good as many under cover movies

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

½

Action is a genre that is known for being way out there in terms of realism, with ridiculous special effects, shotty dialouge, and bad acting. Seldom is an action movie really focused on the story, instead it's always about the man who can do the impossible. In Too Deep was different though because it was based on a true story and there really weren't any expensive special effects. In this film, Omar Epps plays a rookie, undercover cop, whose first small assignment actually leads him into the number one crime syndicate in all of Cincinnati. The inexperienced cop uses his urban upbringing and street smarts to get him to the top, where he really has to decide which side he wants to be on. In Too Deep featured a great, real life story, that was on the level, I really enjoyed this film. On top of that Epps and LL Cool J were terrific opposing each other and giving strong performances. What I didn't care for was the blatant racism from Director Michael Rymer. Everything was very well done, but it is very obvious that the Writer/Director of this film was white, while the majority of the cast was black. What I witnessed was a film where all the people in charge were white, all the thugs were black, but it didn't end there. The white people spoke eloquently, while even the black officers and other non-affiliated cast members all spoke street. Every person from the rookie cops aging father to the man who ran the convenience store were dropping F bombs left and right, adding man to every other word, and constantly saying the N word. I understand the point of this movie was to be real, but part of that realism was that this gang had never been infiltrated because of how smart they were. Instead of being portrayed as smooth and savvy, the leaders of the gang were portrayed as ignorant thugs and that really takes away from the film.

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Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

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