Police Beat Reviews

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Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
September 28, 2012
"Police Beat" is a slight but somewhat compelling slice of life movie with a little stream of consciousness thrown in for good measure. Z.(Pape Sidy Niang) is a recent immigrant from Senegal who works as a bicycle cop in Seattle while dreaming of owning an apartment building. While devoutly religious, he really has no faith in his girlfriend Rachel(Anna Oxygen) who has gone camping with her roommate Jeff(Elijah Geiger) because Z. hates camping. Instead, they have agreed to go lindy dancing, presumably when she gets back. Part of Z.'s concerns about his relationship with Rachel arise from what he witnesses on the job, a good deal of which involve misdemeanors of varying perversity.(As the epigraph says, they are based on true cases. Why am I not surprised?) Separately, they are no big deal. Together, they might form a disturbing pattern for an outsider, especially considering Z's partner Swan(Eric Breedlove) being involved with Mary(Sarah Harlett), a prostitute, while others might form a different opinion of Z. just based on the color of his skin or his uniform.
½ August 28, 2008
Despite it's intriguing premise of following a guy around as he handles problems taken from actual police reports, it doesn't ring true for a minute. Bad supporting acting and bland photography further hinder the quest.
Super Reviewer
January 15, 2008
all the better knowing that all the fucked up shit they show Z responding to are true stories. very interesting film.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
September 28, 2012
"Police Beat" is a slight but somewhat compelling slice of life movie with a little stream of consciousness thrown in for good measure. Z.(Pape Sidy Niang) is a recent immigrant from Senegal who works as a bicycle cop in Seattle while dreaming of owning an apartment building. While devoutly religious, he really has no faith in his girlfriend Rachel(Anna Oxygen) who has gone camping with her roommate Jeff(Elijah Geiger) because Z. hates camping. Instead, they have agreed to go lindy dancing, presumably when she gets back. Part of Z.'s concerns about his relationship with Rachel arise from what he witnesses on the job, a good deal of which involve misdemeanors of varying perversity.(As the epigraph says, they are based on true cases. Why am I not surprised?) Separately, they are no big deal. Together, they might form a disturbing pattern for an outsider, especially considering Z's partner Swan(Eric Breedlove) being involved with Mary(Sarah Harlett), a prostitute, while others might form a different opinion of Z. just based on the color of his skin or his uniform.
½ April 7, 2011
A stinker. If you can make it past the first 15 minutes you're a stronger man than I.
½ July 11, 2009
Poetic, beautiful, disturbing.
August 13, 2007
Robinson Devor (director/writer) gives us an intriguing and beautifully photographed movie with Police Beat. Z is an immigrant from Africa who gets a job as a bicycle cop in Seattle, Washington. Z falls in love with a beautiful American woman.

Z's girlfriend takes off on a camping trip with a friend (male) for a couple days, that turns into weeks. Z doesn't like camping.

While she is gone, Z rambles through multiple and disturbing crimes (drawn from real police files in Seattle). All the while, Z's imagination runs rampant on the possibility of his girlfriends loyalty to their romance. Meanwhile, Z's bicycle cop partner shots up drugs and lusts for a street prostitute. "I don't even use a condom because whatever she has, I want it too." says his partner.

The film is in English, but Z's thoughts are in his native language of Wolof and subtitled. It makes for an eerie and surreal film that slowly engulfs you into its ebb and flow from the shocking crimes to the soulful longing of Z for his love.
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