One Tough Cop

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Chad Estrella

Plot: What’s it about?

This movie is about a New York police officer, Bo Dietl. (Stephen Baldwin) Bo has a alcoholic partner, Duke, (Chris Penn) who also happens to be a terrible gambler who doesn’t know when to give up. Bo also is a life long friend with Richie (Mike Mc Glone) who is one of the main guys with the mob. The FBI wants Bo to plant a bug in Richie’s car so they can get some information on Richie and his crew and bring them down. Bo refuses to do such a thing to his friend. He tells them that they don’t discuss business with each other although Richie helps out Bo and his partner with some information to help them bring in those that break the law.

There is a brutal beating and rape of a nun that works at a church and Bo and Duke are not on the case even though it is in their beat. There is a task force that is taken the case since it happens to be one of the largest hate crimes in some time. Bo and Duke crack the case, with some help from Richie, and the task force takes the credit. Bo has more important things to worry about because he is falling for Richies’s girlfriend, of course Richie is married with children as well, and Duke is falling into trouble with his debt with the mob and problems of alcoholism.

One Tough Cop is nothing new and is a decent movie. It would have been more enjoyable if it was given some justice (no pun intended) on DVD. The acting is okay and the story line could have been better. The real Bo Dietl is a retired policeman who runs a private investigation now and he helped produce this movie. He also makes an occasional appearance in the movie as the leader of the task force. This may be worth a rent if you like this genre of film, but you won’t miss much if you choose to skip it.

Video: How does it look?

The quality of this picture is not very good. It is 16:9 enhanced, but the movie seems to have a grey tone to it. (purposely I hope) The quality is never really that bad but never that good either. It has the same kind of contrast and noir look to it, but just not the clear quality of say, Payback. Could have been better, but I guess Columbia can’t have great transfers all the time.

Audio: How does it sound?

I thought I read somewhere that this was going to be a 5.1 soundtrack. It turns out to be in Dolby 2.0 surround. The dialogue was okay, but I guess being spoiled with 5.1 it seemed to be lacking the definition or clarity. I had to turn up the volume to hear the voices better from my normal volume setting from DD 5.1. Ther aren’t many shoot outs for a cop movie, so I guess that warranted a 2.0 soundtrack for the DVD.

Supplements: What are the extras?

You get cast biographies and a theatrical trailer.

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