Mar 9, 2011A masterpiece, combining a complex storyline with an amazing cast. A must see for all movie fans. The twist at the end will definetly make youA masterpiece, combining a complex storyline with an amazing cast. A must see for all movie fans. The twist at the end will definetly make you want to watch it again to see what you missed. Remains one of my favorite films.… Expand
Dec 23, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. With it's brilliant pacing and neo-noir crime drama elements. L.A.
Confidential stands one of the best crime films ever made. The
incredible thing about this movie is acting,seems like every actor is
living the character they are in. Russel Crowe just stands out as the
tough cop and a man who hates women beaters,rapers and killers.His
voice tone through the entire movie helps building his character,the
other great aspect as anti-political. Kevin Spacey ,what could i say
,he is just awesome,his turn as a likable and smart Sgt really gives
the plot a go-ahead.Especially the scene where with James Crowell. Guy
Pearce ,just nailed the character of Ed Exley.His transformation from a
fame-lover and political smart officer to a real justice seeking man is
very good. Kim Basinger ,she is just beautiful and clever.she doesn't
look so aged and her charm and acting deserved the academy. Every other
supporting actor Danny DeVito,James Cromwell and David Strathairn are
all good. Under Curtis Hanson's brilliant direction and Curtis Hanson
Brian Helgeland's cleverly adapted screenplay from the novel of same
name is quite interesting. Overall,this is a thrilling and one of the
best neo-noir drama film with unexpected and great twists.… Expand
HeleneS.Jul 19, 2009Best plot, best acting, especially Russell Crowe and Kevin Spacey.
Oct 29, 2011L.A. Confidential perfectly captures the dark and dirty world of a 1950s pulp-noir. The film, as is often the case with noir, is all aboutL.A. Confidential perfectly captures the dark and dirty world of a 1950s pulp-noir. The film, as is often the case with noir, is all about contrast - whether it's the contrast between sun-kissed villas and dingy slum interiors, or the contrast between a cop following the law to the letter and another bending the rules to get the job done, or even the contrast between steamy romance and brutal violence. The various plot-lines that run parallel to each other feel episodic, but all are engaging and build to an immensely satisfying conclusion.The performances across the board are strong,but of particular note are Guy Pearce's by-the-book lead protagonist, Kevin Spacey's celebrity super-cop and James Cromwell's formidable police chief - they cast make the already excellent script shine. You have all the usual noir hallmarks - the femme-fatale (Basinger), the quick-talking, smart-ass reporter (DeVito), dirty criminals and even dirtier cops, yet L.A. Confidential still manages to be creative. For instance, few films that I can think of put such a focus on the public face of a police force - the maintenance of a media machine that is required to keep the authorities looking like the good guys. The film is nigh-on flawless, and a joy to watch.… Expand
Nov 8, 2012L.A. Confidential is a startling, beautiful police drama that is flawless except for one aspect. Its characters escape tragedy far too oftenL.A. Confidential is a startling, beautiful police drama that is flawless except for one aspect. Its characters escape tragedy far too often and easily, but that is a small flaw, and it is overshadowed by the power of the performances the actors give.… Expand
Jan 7, 2015Maybe its just me but nearly every single character in the movie came across as a phony. L.A Confidential is nothing more than a standard copMaybe its just me but nearly every single character in the movie came across as a phony. L.A Confidential is nothing more than a standard cop show you see every day on T.V.… Expand
Published: February 22, 2011With this year's Oscars rapidly approaching, we look back at ten best picture winners from the past two decades that seem like questionable choices today, and see which great films were snubbed as a result.