Police Beat Reviews

  • Nov 05, 2016

    Pensive study of one man's journey takes on a bit too much for its short running time.

    Pensive study of one man's journey takes on a bit too much for its short running time.

  • Walter M Super Reviewer
    Sep 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.

    "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.

  • Apr 07, 2011

    A stinker. If you can make it past the first 15 minutes you're a stronger man than I.

    A stinker. If you can make it past the first 15 minutes you're a stronger man than I.

  • Feb 20, 2011

    Amazingly compelling and remarkable sad. Beautifully done all around.

    Amazingly compelling and remarkable sad. Beautifully done all around.

  • Jun 14, 2010

    Great cinematography. Attempts to make Seattle both the objective accounts of the police reports it takes its story from, as well as the subjective playground for its protagonist. The problem is, there's not much more to it than that.

    Great cinematography. Attempts to make Seattle both the objective accounts of the police reports it takes its story from, as well as the subjective playground for its protagonist. The problem is, there's not much more to it than that.

  • May 17, 2010

    beautiful. i think if i had seen it before zoo, i would have gone crazy about it. but seeing after zoo, i can't help but feeling slightly underwhelmed.

    beautiful. i think if i had seen it before zoo, i would have gone crazy about it. but seeing after zoo, i can't help but feeling slightly underwhelmed.

  • Jul 11, 2009

    Poetic, beautiful, disturbing.

    Poetic, beautiful, disturbing.

  • Jul 05, 2009

    Very good. Depicts Seattle and the human condition beautifully, tragically, unflinchingly.

    Very good. Depicts Seattle and the human condition beautifully, tragically, unflinchingly.

  • Jan 23, 2009

    It gets 2 stars for being a ''real" indie film. Another star for its creativity and subject matter source, and the 4th star is because it is Seattle.

    It gets 2 stars for being a ''real" indie film. Another star for its creativity and subject matter source, and the 4th star is because it is Seattle.

  • Jan 14, 2009

    This was a pretty distinct movie. Cinematically, it's both a startling and sparse view of Seattle. The bike police officer aspect is both enlighting, because you can see the mundane aspect as well as the intimate. Apparently everyone of the encounters is a variation of something that has actually occured in Seattle. The other aspect of the movie is how Z is trying to stay the course in his personal life, but the movie does a great job showing how a man's psyche can get all screwed up when it comes to insecurity in dating. The pacing of the movie is slow, but I really enjoyed it otherwise.

    This was a pretty distinct movie. Cinematically, it's both a startling and sparse view of Seattle. The bike police officer aspect is both enlighting, because you can see the mundane aspect as well as the intimate. Apparently everyone of the encounters is a variation of something that has actually occured in Seattle. The other aspect of the movie is how Z is trying to stay the course in his personal life, but the movie does a great job showing how a man's psyche can get all screwed up when it comes to insecurity in dating. The pacing of the movie is slow, but I really enjoyed it otherwise.