Writer: Ennio De Concini, Roberto Faenza, Hugh Fleetwood (Screenplay) Hugh Fleetwood (Novel)
Starring: Harvey Keitel, John Lydon, Nicole Garcia, Leonard Mann, Sylvia Sidney
Plot: A pair of corrupt cops spend their illegal cash on an uptown New York City flat.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Slow Thriller
Story: Corrupt starts as we follow two corrupt police officer’s LT Fred O’Connor (Keitel) and his partner Bob (Mann) who use their secret money to stay in a uptown New York flat, but with a cop killer targeting the narcotics division that does these potential victims or suspects in this crime case. Leo Smith (Lydon) has been searching for the corrupt officers within the force looking to hand out his own form of justice.
When Leo tracks down Fred, he finds himself being kept prisoner and claiming to be the killer, but not everything is adding up the way Fred believes it is, leading him to investigate Leo’s past while Leo must wait his fate but with him trapped in the flat is the cop killer off the streets?
Thoughts on Corrupt
Characters/Performance – Fred is what you would call your typical officers that takes advantage of the situations to look out for himself while remaining a good detective, he gets confused with the Leo character’s story and motives. Leo is a very interesting character because one minute he claims to be the cop killer the next he doesn’t but he gets a control over Fred unlike anyone else has.
Story – The story here is following corrupt cops who are searching for a potential cop killer, but where this film goes in a different direction the two parties find themselves having to cover for each other. There are elements of what we have come to know from Insomnia but otherwise the slow nature of this film gets hard to keep up on as everything unfolds.
Crime/Thriller – We have a crime side of this story with two different styles of criminals one with the law on their side the other without, we are left to wonder what the motives behind everything are but we don’t get sucked in the way we should.
Settings – This film is set in New York City but doesn’t seem to want to use the iconic settings in any of the backdrops of the film.
Final Thoughts – This is easily a thriller I doubt many people will have heard of let alone seen, I can understand why and I do feel the Keitel fans out there should give it a go.
Overall: Slow burner but easy to watch thriller.