Internal Affairs (1990)

Mike Figgis directs Richard Gere, Andy Garcia and Laurie Metcalfe in this cop thriller about a rookie internal affairs investigator who looks into a murderous uniform cop who has half the department in his stranglehold and his sights set on destroying his new antagonist’s marriage.

A cop thriller that seems more interested in sexual jealousy than shoot-outs and car chases. The action is workmanlike and the plotting perfunctory. Figgis and the actors only come alive when exploring the leads’ desires and jealousy. This makes for a much darker, complex thriller than the one we are sold on but actively at the sake of the simple, easy to deliver pleasures that we bought a ticket for. Metcalfe, as the woman cop in a man’s world, is the best thing in it.

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