This is still worth watching though and keeps you interested for most of it. Then it starts to slow down a little. A District Attorney has his life turned upside down when he's involved in a hit and run and another man is arrested for his crime and charged with murder. I mean it seemed like it was something important being that this daughter who barely said a thing to her father unless it was dismissive of his concern for her, was all of a sudden wanting to ask him something really important and not go to her mother! During their summer between high school and college, three girls blackmail a slightly older hunk into having sex with them. In Bridgeport, Connecticut, Detective David 'Cal' Callahan is a family man, married to Alexandra with a teenage daughter, Lanie. That just makes no sense! Alas Stephen Doriff is now languishing in B movie hell.

When Sebastian enters his life and takes advantage of John's charity, his life and afterlife will be changed forever.

Determined to avenge her, he is soon immersed in a (way too) complicated web of intrigues with druggies, pimps, Russians and hoodlums - and a police captain (James Woods) who appears far more concerned about the image of his department than any of the concerns "Cal" may have.

[4], At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, it was announced that the film would be distributed by Anchor Bay. Allied is the story of Canadian RAF intelligence officer Max Vatan (played by Brad Pitt), who encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a … Cal investigates Angel and when he sees the man in his car in front of the school where Lanie studies, he believes that Angel is a pedophile and Cal decides to take action. Title: Determined to avenge her, he is soon immersed in a (way too) complicated web of intrigues with druggies, pimps, Russians and hoodlums - and a police captain (James Woods) who appears far more concerned about the image of his department than any of the concerns "Cal" may have. But we are just left hanging. View production, box office, & company info.

A lawyer defends a killer, but soon after he wins, he finds out that the killer is guilty. Ivan Zavalon.

Now I'm all for a film featuring Stephen Dorff - he's usually got bags of charisma when he takes to the screen; but here his mission appears to be to get shot as often as it is humanly possible without actually turning into a colander! I think you need to be aware of this following if you are to enjoy this: 1) Watch everything with a sharp eye, down to the details of writing and dialog. |

I think the problem with this is that it is a really good idea for a TV show but when stretched out into a full length movie they have to drag some things out and that really hurts the pace of the movie. When a stranger meets Cal in a bar, he tells Cal that he was the one who saved him and gives the journal of his deceased …

External Reviews Especially a cop? Officer Down It wasn't like signing the statement meant he couldn't change his ways. (as Beatrice Miller), Sergei Dronov / Brian A Miller's 'Officer Down' is A Dark Cop-Drama. Dominic Purcell and Anna Lynn what's her face.. Come on! I can't believe the cast for this kind of crap. While investigating a crime spree against young women, a police officer (Dorff) seeks redemption. Lanie Callahan A cop's (Stephen Dorff) shady past comes back to haunt him as he investigates a series of assaults against women at a strip club.

Now I'm all for a film featuring Stephen Dorff - he's usually got bags of charisma when he takes to the screen; but here his mission appears to be to get shot as often as it is humanly possible without actually turning into a colander! Filming began later that week in Connecticut.

But he finds that he is a marionette and someone is pulling the strings and watching him dance.

(2013). 0 of 0 people found this review helpful. Add the first question. The eclectic cast alone is enough to warrant interest, with many an actor cast far against type to excellent result.

A good police drama that would have been better as a TV show. Using flashbacks to flesh out the back stories for characters is certainly nothing new, most directors will change the character in some way,(glasses, different hairstyle, etc ...)if the character looks the same then they may use an effect so the scene looks different, letting the viewer know that this is a flashback, failing those 2 methods, some directors will put a specific piece of music to flashbacks in OD however the main character looks exactly the same, unshaven, wrinkled clothes, he is without a doubt the least hygienic movie detective I have ever seen.

There is a lot of ambiguity amongst the characters and their intentions, heightened by the use of flashback/dream sequences... which could annoy the less attentive but completely captivate problem-solving film viewers.

It made it all the more enjoyable for me - putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. The film opened #3 at the box office behind Independence Day and Phenomenon.

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When his crooked past comes back to haunt him in the form of clues to a forgotten cold case that conveniently seem to fall into his lap, he's spurred to dig up old, painful memories to get to the truth of what's been going on. Officer Down is a 2013 American action film directed by Brian A. Miller. [1], Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times called it "an overstuffed story that comes off not as layered but rather as an unfocused jumble". thrown in. 33 of those killed during the riots were black and 10 were white.

What was achieved by telling the truth?!

James Woods must have been looking for a paycheck, same with David Boreanz. Officer Down is in the mould of woeful police drama/corruption/conspiracy thrillers like Dark Blue, Streets of Blood and Bad Cop ( aka Sinners and Saints) The plot is convoluted and yes you do need to pay attention to follow the plot strands.

But he finds that he is a marionette and someone is pulling the strings and watching him dance. The direction and script are 2nd rate and no one apart from James Woods in an extended cameo clocks in a performance. When a stranger meets Cal in a bar, he tells Cal that he was the one who saved him and gives the journal of his deceased daughter to Cal. 3) The slow up build is for you to understand the rest, so be patient!

He presents him with a journal from a deceased girl whose story ends in a brutal trauma. Dominic Purcell nicely underplays a strip club owning prick with silent, mirthful evil, Annalyne McCord is great as A stripper in mortal danger, Walton Goggins is awesome as Detective Logue, aka The Angel, who figures mysteriously in the plot, and there's nice work from Soulja Boy, Tommy Flanagan, Oleg Taktarov, and Johnny Messner in a cameo as a growling ex cop psycho. This movie is also just a B-movie. If you've binged every available episode of the hit Disney Plus series, then we've got three picks to keep you entertained. Now a reformed churchgoing character he investigates but all is not what it appears to be. Simultaneously the urge to change the channel!

4) Expect this storytelling to be very different from the common Hollywood dramatic model.

Metacritic Reviews.

Acting & cast is great, just a little too slow in parts. The film received mostly positive reviews. Writer-director Craig Zobel’s under–$1 million feature is based on a real incident from 2004, when an 18-year-old employee at a McDonald’s in Kentucky was detained, stripped… And then not. 6) Watch this you are a detective yourself.

Its an impressive film, that delivers a gritty story convincingly along-with good performances. Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The beginning is slow and somewhat hard to follow but midway through it really picks up and finishes well. It's always nice and refreshing to watch Stephen Dorff. This film is what many would classify as a b movie, but I for one found it a careful, well casted and acted, loving throwback to the gritty cop flicks of the 70's, something in the vein of Joe Carnahan's Narc, or even Training Day. It's partially told via the narrative of the journal, with flashbacks from his own life that makes the storytelling rather clunky and bitty; the dialogue is poorly constructed and in the end the vindication of the vigilante in him is a bit too shallow and disappointing. This movie starts off very exciting and gripping and stays that way for about half the movie. Weak cast, bland story, boring execution and Dorff is just massively cringe. Unexplained attachment to continue on wanting to watch this movie further.

Approximately 1,189 people were injured and over 7,200 were arrested.

5) This is not a thriller, rather a mind bending movie. The film was first announced on May 3, 2011. The film's screenplay was written by John Chase and it is directed by Brian A Miller. Awards It is pleasant to notify that last years have seen him becoming a leading actor where he virtually fills out a movie (apart from Officer Down, in Brake last year - recommended as well).

| Callahan has a past of slumming it in shady, mob run clubs, up to his ears in coke and whores. [2] Locations where the movie was filmed include Roberto's Restaurant on State St, Fairfield Ave and inside a new apartment complex also located on Fairfield Ave, in Bridgeport CT.[3] The first images from the set were revealed on May 6, 2011.

They're either riding Stephen doff or related to him. (Credit IMDb) When a cop's crooked past comes back to get him, can he do the right thing, or will he succumb to the threats of his dangerous connections? In Bridgeport, Connecticut, Detective David 'Cal' Callahan is a family man, married to Alexandra with a teenage daughter, Lanie. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.

All the elements are brought together nicely to give us a bare bones, tough ass dose of character driven pulp that really enjoyable.

It's partially told via the narrative of the journal, with flashbacks from his own life that makes the storytelling rather clunky and bitty; the dialogue is poorly constructed and in the end the vindication of the vigilante in him is a bit too shallow and disappointing.

However, instead of actually listening to what she has to say he cuts her off with insistent question after insistent question until she runs off in frustration!

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One thing that makes it very confusing is the flashback sequences that you don't realize are flashbacks. For example, in one scene Det.

I give it a B. It is a Rich Story-Line that Requires the Viewer to pay Attention with Twists and Turns and multiple Flashbacks. It's fine, but some more disciplined leadership behind the camera would have helped it substantially. Deep in Characters this is quite an Engaging, but Bleak and Cold, look at another Tortured Cop who seeks a Second Chance. Personally I prefer these types of movies to the standard police thriller where the police are clearly on the good guys side and the suspect is clearly one of the bad guys. Critical response. For the novel, see, "David Boreanaz Set For Indie 'Officer Down, "David Boreanaz begins filming 'Officer Down' in Bridgeport, CT", "David Boreanaz Spotted Filming Officer Down in Connecticut - Bones", "Cannes 2012: Anchor Bay Takes Two Action Movies, 'Officer Down' and 'Pawn, "Anchor Bay, Red Sea strike deals on Officer Down, Pawn | News | Screen", "STRUCK BY LIGHTNING and WHITE HOUSE TAKEN Posters from Cannes", "Review: 'Officer Down' trapped in a jumbled story", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Officer_Down&oldid=971043780, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 3 August 2020, at 21:12.