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I love this movie. Acting is impeccable. Storyline is great. Edge of your seat. Love Tom Selleck in this!
Selleck is the balls. As is F Murray Abraham as the wise old con. Magnum PI really gets fucked over and as the corrupt cops Sledgehammer and Richard Young are nasty cunts. Cameo from Philip Baker Hall as the Judge and ten seconds of gold from Tobin Bell.
Knocks The Shawshank Redemption into a cocked hat.
Any fascinating movie is vulnerable to go underrated ? The theme is pragmatic, portraits are brilliant especially by Tom but pathetic all gone un-noticed.
Tom Selleck mad a lot of movies during his Magnum, PI years. Not all of them were very good. This is one of them.
A tale of two movie....the prison scenes 4.5 stars while the revenge scenes get a yawn.
Good revenge / prison type movie!
Monday, October 1, 2012
(1989) An Innocent Man
THRILLER/ DRAMA/ ACTION/ SOCIAL COMMENTARY
The ridiculous set-up has two very corrupted narcs deciding to frame the person they mistakenly broken into as a result of a tip which was supposed to be "Oak Way" but broke into "Oak Lane" who is the Tom Selleck's house. An Innocent man is that of Tom Selleck and upon coming home then coming out of his bathroom, one of the corrupted narcs mistakenly shoots him uncounciously to the ground thinking he had a gun but was really a hair dryer. No warrant, no nothing just because they're narcs and are above the law just because they're wearing a badge. While the Tom Selleck character's uncouncious, they decide to frame him by planting some drugs they initially stole from a previous drug bust and replacing the hair dryer he was holding with a small hand gun- fingerprints and everything. The Tom Selleck character finally wakes up chained onto a hospital bed with a citing issued to appear in court to face drug charges. He's founded guilty succeededly convinced by the 2 corrupted narcs even though the Selleck character's record is 100 percent clean and genuine with a kick ass job as top jet plane contractor - not even a simple urine test or hair fallical isn't even considered by the defendant, either by his lawyer or by anybody else. He's then sentenced for 6 years but is given 3 for parole because it was his first offense.
(Contains plot spoilers) That was only the first half of the movie was about which centered on him dealing with the corrupted cops, the second half of the film has him coping while in prison and the Selleck character adapting to the rules since theirs some existing racial tension between the whites and the blacks, this goes on for a good portion of the time and is probably the most enjoyable even though it was better shown on other films such as "Bad Boys" made in 1983 starring Sean Penn. And of course, he eventually comes out but has to face the corrupted cops again is when things get too far fetched and ridiculous and finally gets even but in the dumbest kind of way. And I would've given this a pass but the person helping the Tom Selleck character to get even gets himself killed which was 100 percent avoidable and went from being a somebody to becoming a nobody. This plasterd ending is one of the worst.
2 out of 4 stars
This is a underrated crime thriller that has some cleverness and Selleck is truly good in the movie. Probably his best performance to date. Selleck plays Jimmie, an wrongly accused man after two corrupted police offices (Rasche and Young) accidently rip-off the wrong guy. When one of the cops got the address wrong. Jimmie finds himself in jail for a crime, he didn't commit. A lifer (Abraham in a scene-stealing performance) shows Jimmie how to survive in prison. The prison scenes are the best thing in the movie, especially when Jimmie becomes an tougher man from the inside. Director Yates (Krull) keeps the picture moving and keeps you entertained. You certainly root for Selleck, when he gets his revenge on the two corrupt cops. This is a fun entertaining movie for adults. Rasche and Young plays these two scumbag cops, you love to hate so well. Some familiar faces appears in supporting roles or in bit-parts.
Enjoyable and worthy of your time. Tom Selleck plays his role well. The prison scenes are entertaining; without them the plot would be too plain.