L.A. Confidential (1997)
Nominated for 9 Academy Awards (winning 2 for Best Supporting Actress Kim Basinger and Best Adapted Screenplay), L.A. Confidential is the story of police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles. When rookie cop Edmond Exley (Guy Pearce) rats on fellow officers Bud White (Russell Crowe) and Dick Stensland (Graham Beckel) for “justice” and a promotion to detective over a jail riot, he becomes one of the most disliked men in the department. Against the advice of Captain Dudly Smith (James Cromwell), veteran cop Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) also rats on the officers for self gain to get on a local tv show. He becomes the only man who Exley can trust. Shortly thereafter a local diner is robbed and everyone inside is shot and killed. The case seems to be open and shut when a group of juvenile thugs are identified as the killers but the more that Exley and Vincennes dig, the more they uncover the truth of what corruptions lies within.
Appearing on my personal top 100, L.A. Confidential is the epitome of a cop noir drama. It is full of gun fights, corrupt cops and mystery. Its stellar cast delivers on every level and keeps the audience’s attention throughout. This is one of the rare films nominated for 7+ Oscars that isn’t boring or low on entertainment. For the gamers out there, this movie feels just like the video game L.A. Noire in every way. The cars, costumes, the cases and city resemble the feel of 1950s L.A. perfectly, even though the game is set in the late 1940s. If you like crime thrillers that are quality made in every way, then watch this movie. Co-starring Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito and David Strathairn.
9/10 Stars – Great, well-made, Mid-Century, Cop Thriller
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