Dirty

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2005

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Director:
Keely Christian
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
Dirty is a thrilling 2005 crime drama written and directed by Chris Fisher. The film follows two former gang members who are now working as Los Angeles police officers, Armando Sancho (Clifton Collins, Jr.) and Salim Adel (Cuba Gooding, Jr.). Sancho and Adel are far from model officers, and work in a precinct riddled with equally dirty cops. After an innocent bystander is killed in a police operation, Sancho begins to feel a pang of conscience for his role in the death. When an investigation is launched by Internal Affairs, Sancho struggles with the choice between telling the truth and protecting his partner and the equally guilty members of his precinct. Just before Sancho is scheduled to give his deposition, the pair is assigned by their division lieutenant (Cole Hauser) to transport a parcel of confiscated drugs from the police evidence locker to the hands of a big-time dealer (Wyclef Jean). But the situation seems a bit too contrived for Sancho and, as he cautiously proceeds, the dirty deal quickly turns to a struggle for survival.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Robert Koehler

    The cop genre receives a shot of adrenaline in helmer Chris Fisher's Dirty, a no-nonsense dramatic response to the LAPD Rampart scandals of the '90s.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    As good as the leads and the supporting cast are, and as much action as gets packed into the film's relatively brief running time, none of it draws us in dramatically.

  • 20

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A facile exercise in nihilism posing as an indie "Training Day" with street cred. Don't believe it.

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    Thrillers, Crime