Deep Cover Reviews

  • Jun 29, 2019

    I saw this at the theater when it came out and recently watched it again. A stylish and gritty film with excellent performances from Fishburne and Goldblum. Highly recommended!

    I saw this at the theater when it came out and recently watched it again. A stylish and gritty film with excellent performances from Fishburne and Goldblum. Highly recommended!

  • Feb 10, 2019

    This movie should have done a lot more of action sequence rather than too much talking.

    This movie should have done a lot more of action sequence rather than too much talking.

  • Dec 04, 2018

    Laurence Fishburne, in his first starring role, plays a rebellious cop who goes undercover, deep under cover, to infiltrate and destroy a drug syndicate operating in southern California. His DEA superior (played smarmily by Charles Martin Smith) encourages him to violate the law as he insinuates himself higher and higher up the food chain. His first break is winning the respect and then loyalty of a slimy lawyer (played with gusto by Jeff Goldblum) who hopes to make it big by selling designer drugs to the cartel. As a team, they become extremely profitable selling crack cocaine but remain under the thumb of an evil middleman (Gregory Sierra). Things get increasingly out-of-control and violent. Fishburne narrates the story in voiceover, giving a film noir flavour to the proceedings that could have starred Mitchum or Dick Powell in an earlier age. Except this movie takes place squarely in a black community suffering from a drug epidemic, an epidemic funded by people from outside the community (Latin America) who are supported by high level American officials (George H. W. Bush is referenced!). Fortunately, black heroes are on hand, not just Fishburne's undercover agent (who struggles mightily with the moral ambiguity of his role) but an ordinary cop (Clarence Williams III) who prays for the dealers as well as the victims. Director Bill Duke keeps things moving at a good clip to a rap/hip-hop soundtrack with some interesting experimental touches (jump cuts like a record being scratched). It doesn't all hang together perfectly but this is a far-better-than-average thriller.

    Laurence Fishburne, in his first starring role, plays a rebellious cop who goes undercover, deep under cover, to infiltrate and destroy a drug syndicate operating in southern California. His DEA superior (played smarmily by Charles Martin Smith) encourages him to violate the law as he insinuates himself higher and higher up the food chain. His first break is winning the respect and then loyalty of a slimy lawyer (played with gusto by Jeff Goldblum) who hopes to make it big by selling designer drugs to the cartel. As a team, they become extremely profitable selling crack cocaine but remain under the thumb of an evil middleman (Gregory Sierra). Things get increasingly out-of-control and violent. Fishburne narrates the story in voiceover, giving a film noir flavour to the proceedings that could have starred Mitchum or Dick Powell in an earlier age. Except this movie takes place squarely in a black community suffering from a drug epidemic, an epidemic funded by people from outside the community (Latin America) who are supported by high level American officials (George H. W. Bush is referenced!). Fortunately, black heroes are on hand, not just Fishburne's undercover agent (who struggles mightily with the moral ambiguity of his role) but an ordinary cop (Clarence Williams III) who prays for the dealers as well as the victims. Director Bill Duke keeps things moving at a good clip to a rap/hip-hop soundtrack with some interesting experimental touches (jump cuts like a record being scratched). It doesn't all hang together perfectly but this is a far-better-than-average thriller.

  • Nov 24, 2016

    Corny and unrealistic but a lot of fun to watch. Definitely worth your time.

    Corny and unrealistic but a lot of fun to watch. Definitely worth your time.

  • Mar 15, 2016

    Laurence was good here. Noticeable noir elements in an "urban" gangland setting.

    Laurence was good here. Noticeable noir elements in an "urban" gangland setting.

  • Sep 25, 2015

    Love this film, Laurence Fishburne is excellent as always and it's great fun watching Jeff Goldblum being nasty!

    Love this film, Laurence Fishburne is excellent as always and it's great fun watching Jeff Goldblum being nasty!

  • Apr 10, 2015

    Even though the film is a bit dated, you can't help but enjoy it thanks largely to Fishbourne and Goldblum's performances.

    Even though the film is a bit dated, you can't help but enjoy it thanks largely to Fishbourne and Goldblum's performances.

  • Apr 06, 2015

    Fishburne at the top of his game...too bad this movie is not.

    Fishburne at the top of his game...too bad this movie is not.

  • Mar 11, 2015

    one of the best neo noirs, offbeat hardboiled dialogue from Jeff goldblum (who would've thought?) and complex psychology of fishbournes character

    one of the best neo noirs, offbeat hardboiled dialogue from Jeff goldblum (who would've thought?) and complex psychology of fishbournes character

  • Aug 07, 2014

    This intellectual thriller has moments of clever writing and direction but it doesn't occur often enough. The story contains too many unnecessary characters, its leads are mostly underwritten and the music is forgettable. For my full review of Deep Cover (1992), check it out on this IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104073/reviews-52

    This intellectual thriller has moments of clever writing and direction but it doesn't occur often enough. The story contains too many unnecessary characters, its leads are mostly underwritten and the music is forgettable. For my full review of Deep Cover (1992), check it out on this IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104073/reviews-52