#80: L.A. Confidential

So that’s what Hollywood money looks like!

Curtis Hanson
Year: 1997
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

L.A. Confidential is a neo-noir epic of police corruption and Hollywood scandal set in 1953. Crime, sex and glamour are shaken seamlessly together to form this cocktail of a mystery/thriller that you can’t afford to miss.
Don’t be fooled by the taste, this cocktail is strong. You will have to use a small part of your brain to process the somewhat complex and involved plot surrounding three LAPD officers delving into a realm of conspiracy.
The film is by no means slow though, and its glitzy setting, slick direction and hot performances are sure to keep you watching.

You may be put off by the presence of Russell Crowe in the featured screen shot, don’t be. Before Gladiator (2000) exploded his ego and exposed some of his yuckier flavours, Crowe was one of the juicier actors on the scene. L.A. Confidential sees him in one of the finest performances of his career as a thuggish officer who starts to realise that not everything is as it seems. Guy Pearce has the lead role of the ambitious by-the-book nerd who investigates bad smells because he’s the only one who cares to notice. This is also one of Mr. Pearce’s finer performances and the energy between him and Russell is dynamite. Our two Aussie stars are also joined by Kevin Spacey, at his suavest, Kim Basinger, in her Academy Award winning role, and Danny De Vito.

L.A. Confidential is a classy as fuck mystery/thriller with an apetising plot and a very delicious cast. If you don’t see this movie, I’d keep that shit “off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.”

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