- Director: Curtis Hanson
- Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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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.
Feb 22, 2013This film is the true definition of a blockbuster, that met and exceeded every expectation. L.A. Confidential is loaded with star power and filmed in a style of films thirty years it's senior. Based on a true story, Three L.A. Detectives, with different reputations and personalities, team up to solve a brutal murder that involves one of their own. The film is loaded with twists and turns that will lead you down many different paths and thanks to the quality of the acting, it's all believable. Just how good was this movie? In 1998, it received NINE Academy nominations, one of the highest number of nominations ever. L.A. Confidential also put Russell Crowe on the map. This film is an extremely exciting 'who done it' mystery that will leave you on the edge of your seat and begging for more. The story is top notch, the acting is just about as good as it gets, and you will be hard pressed to find a better mystery. I can't possibly recommend this film enough!… Expand
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