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June 17, 2010
(***): Thumbs Up

James Woods gives one hell of a performance here.
Super Reviewer
March 13, 2010
The good news is this is James Woods at his cynical best delivering some great lines. The bad news is the murder-mystery story is jumbled, confusing and will make you yell out loud (like I did) "That's it?!" when the end of the film comes to an abrupt halt.
Still Woods was born for the role and plays it to the hilt.
½ March 5, 2010
COP = slow and dull and overlong with nothing really of interest. Plus there is no real payoff at the end - James has kind of a lame one liner and shoots the screen. There i ruined it for you.....
½ November 29, 2009
It's too long and has a contrived plot, but this queasy thriller is impressively committed to its vision of the world as a black, nasty shithole.
½ October 25, 2009
It's an alright adaptation of James Ellroy. James Woods, who also produces this, shows a performance with great degree of passion, but nothing else to really watch. I like that way of ending a picture, but there are too many stories left unfinished.
September 1, 2009
Enjoyable but not overly original murder mystery with a poetic serial killer knocking off people in interesting manners.

Woods goes out on an acting limb and plays a stressed out, loose cannon cop on the mission. He gets suspended, and solves the crime...just like every single cop movie he is in.
½ February 1, 2009
Supposedly the first movie to feature the term "serial killer" is not as exciting as it should be. James Woods is always good no matter the part. It's just lacking energy. James B Harris, who produced Stanley Kubrick's early work, has paid alot of attention to police procedures and the attention to detail smacks of realism. I just couldn't get that involved in the story.
½ November 28, 2008
Another gem of a creepy performance from Mr.Woods...
½ October 27, 2008
Probably not really that good but Woods is superb and the ending alone is worth a couple of stars.
½ October 26, 2008
About What I Expected, Nowhere Near As Good As The Book But Woods Was Great And The Ending Is Awesome.
½ July 27, 2008
The movie itself was quite boring and because I reflected it with the book, I was pretty disappointed. But the ending saved it all! That was awesome, absolutely blew my mind!
June 23, 2008
Nice thriller about a nilhistic cop who has to track down some kind of mentalist bad guy. Woods makes it extremely watchable even if the story isn't up to much. Look out for the scene where he's trying to get laid but pretending to listen and be sensitive. Lovely comic timing with his gestures. Also finishes in quite a dark and abrupt 80's way. Prolly would have loved this back then.
June 16, 2008
Daft plot. Ridiculous denouement. James Wood is his usual engaging self though.
June 12, 2008
wow i have just seen this 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good thriller movie...the director of this Drama, Mystery & Suspense movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie...this has a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie...i think that james woods plays a good part throughout this movie...this is a thriller movie from the 1980's n this has a good cast of characters throughout this movie..this is a good thriller movie because you never know what's going 2 happen throughout this movie
Super Reviewer
½ June 11, 2008
James Woods plays an unconventional cop on the trail of a serial killer in this purely by the numbers thriller from the 80s. In fact the script shows just as little imagination as the title; it's so formulaic it borders on the absurd. Burnt out cop who doesn't play by the rules, chewed out by his captain, internal affairs investigation, vicious serial killer yadda yadda yadda. There's nothing here we haven't seen a million times before. It's not as trashy and gratuitously violent as many mainstream 80s thrillers, but it's unpleasantly sleazy, Woods' character comes across as a wholly unsympathetic and self centred ass-hole, and Lesley-Anne Warren's so-called feminist is so sappy and naive you just want to shake some sense into her. Add the usual mix of B-movie stalwarts in the supporting cast and you have a typical Channel 5 afternoon TV movie with more swearing. Give it a miss.
½ June 9, 2008
Based on a James Ellroy book and starring James Woods, this should have been 5 star material. It isn't quite in that category, but the central performace from Woods almost completely carries the film. Few actors can switch so quickly from charm to brutality as Woods. The character is a total slimeball but yet still gets the audience on side, great ending as well.....
May 4, 2008
not a bad movie at all. James Woods does a good job as the fowl mouthed cop, but the character Kathleen McCarthy is even more annoying than Jar Jar Binks! the story could have used some work and it just takes too long for something to happen.
April 3, 2008
James Woods chases serial killer. What could be better?
February 28, 2008
could have been better, however ti is just an average B movie. still watchable though
½ January 21, 2008
James Woods cleans the streets of rapists and psychos single-handedly in this wildly implausible, rivetingly exciting policer with a nice line in cusswords and a slamdunk ending that puts most meanderers to shame.
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