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Frank Gannon, a veteran cop, is being hunted by his fellow police officers after they learned he has betrayed the brotherhood and exposed to the feds wide scale corruption of the LAPD. He has one day left to prove his case and survive.

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Sidney J. Furie

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Greg Mellott (screenplay), Sidney J. Furie (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Sgt. Frank Gannon
Polly Shannon ... Billie Ross
Donald Burda ... Bryant
Rothaford Gray ... Sgt. Ed Grimes
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Captain Stone
Walter Alza ... Espinoza
Alex Karzis ... Agent Bill
Larry Day ... Phil, Agent in Charge
Natacha La Ferriere Natacha La Ferriere ... Adrianna
Daniel Kash ... LoPresti
Stacey Coke Stacey Coke ... Loretta Grimes
Joseph Griffin ... Carter (as Joseph Luna Griffin)
Vanessa Thompson Vanessa Thompson ... Katy
Tim Sell Tim Sell ... Hardcase #1
Jim Codrington ... Hardcase #2
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Storyline

Frank Gannon, a veteran cop, is being hunted by his fellow police officers after they learned he has betrayed the brotherhood and exposed to the feds wide scale corruption of the LAPD. He has one day left to prove his case and survive.

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Can One Man Make A Difference?

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

GFT Entertainment

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2005 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

Amesi drasi See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dolph Lundgren performed all his own stunts in the movie. See more »

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This film is all about an LAPD unit,yet all the license plates on vehicles in the film are Ontario plates. See more »

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References Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) See more »

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It's okay. I expected more.
3 January 2005 | by aloepSee all my reviews

Given that I had read several positive reviews on this movie and that it comes from the hands of Sidney J Furie, a veteran for over 40 years responsible for 1960's spy thrillers like The Ipcress File and The Naked Runner and has also delivered some very slick direct to video action movies such as Top Of The World, The Rage and Hollow Point as well as the largely underrated 1991 theatrical release The Taking Of Beverly Hills. Furthermore, he also did Detention with Dolph Lundgren which was by no means great but I enjoyed it a lot more than many others did. Given that the general opinion of this was "a step up from Detention", I couldn't wait. Well, having seen the finished product it doesn't really surprise me it's been shelved for so long. It isn't bad, but it could be so much better.

None of this can be blamed on Lundgren or any of the cast really for that matter, as much of them deliver acceptable to good performances. Lundgren especially deserves credit as he is in excellent shape and does very well in the action scenes. The film has a good sense of pacing, never letting up enough for the action to stop and plot itself is fine for the type of movie.

What really lets this down is the very poor production values - it looks extremely cheap. No better than a Roger Corman produced Bloodfist film for example. Automatic weapons are fired at cars in the line of fire and they don't receive one bullet hole and no glass breaks. We just get a couple of very simple CGI sparks. This happens way too often, and becomes very hard to ignore. There is also some incredibly bad editing. Weather will change from clear Sunny skies to rain and back in seconds. And there's no interesting locations. All you'll get is residential areas and some abandoned factories. The budget of apparently 5-8 million certainly hasn't been well spent. Of course none of this really makes the movie any less watchable, but it's all those little touches that make a movie all that more enjoyable to watch.

Overall, this is a decent, entertaining action picture with all the visual flair of a TV drama but it's worth a watch once and for Dolph Lundgren fans it will be a must. I would probably have enjoyed it more with lower expectations, but the overall low quality of the movie is something I just couldn't ignore. Sorry.


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