Movie Stats & Links
||Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett,
Lena Olin, Bruce Greenwood, Isaiah Washington, Lolita
Davidovich, Keith David, Master P, Dwight Yoakam, Martin
Landau, Lou Diamond Phillips
violence and sex. It's your call.
It's good for the both of ya.
gratuitous, but a couple of nice scenes.
||You don't actually
see the people getting killed, but you sure know it happens by
the blood left behind.
||Lots of it.
||Lots of them.
||Lots of them - I
loved the helicopters following the chase scene, loved the
interrogation scene, and the paddle boat chase.
||The set-up is K.C.
can't remember the names of his women, he sees a lovely in his
hot-tub, says "Dominique?" She replies, "Close enough."
||Lou Pitt, Ron Shelton
When I wrote my preview for "Hollywood Homicide" I
mentioned how it seemed the Hollywood executives couldnít figure out
how to market the movie. After seeing the movie I can see why, because
"Hollywood Homicide" is a cop/buddy movie, is a semi-serious cop
flick, and plays a good balance between great action and a lot of fun.
A Movie Review
For "Hollywood Homicide" we get Harrison Ford playing Joe Gavilan, the
aging cop who also tries to play real estate agent. His partner, K.C.
Calden (Josh Hartnett), is the youngin, thinking he wants to be an
actor and also is a yoga instructor. Well, thereís been a shooting at
a nightclub, killing an up-and-coming rap group, and Gavilan and
Calden have been put on the case. But the movie doesnít just
concentrate on their murder case, nope, this movie has over six
storylines going at one time, nicely interconnected with the murder
investigation. You see, with the murder you also get Gavilan trying to
broker a house sale between the owner of the club where the murder
took place and an old movie producer. Then you have Calden trying to
keep all of his women straight while memorizing his lines for his
acting showcase. Then you get Gavilan being investigated by the
internal affairs chief who also has it out to ruin Gavilanís career.
Thereís also Calden trying to figure out how his dad was killed on a
drug sting. And letís not forget the story line of who Gavilan is
sleeping with. And, oh yea, why is Gavilan talking to a Hollywood
Madame? You might think that would really be a lot to keep straight,
but thanks to Gavilanís cell phone he is pretty much able to keep all
things in check.
What I liked about the movie was that it kept moving along at a
nice pace, and I think this is directly related to the fact there were
so many little story lines going along so that when the action slows
for one story, we intertwine one of the others to keep things going.
Case in point, in one scene Gavilan is chasing the bad guy, stuck in
an elevator. Do we get a normally boring elevator scene? No, we get
Gavilan working his real estate deal on his cell phone. The other
thing that I liked about the movie was the interaction between Ford
and Hartnett, which at first I didnít think would work, but it
actually came across great, even humorous in a way that wasnít over
Sure, there were some things that you would never believe, like the
chase scene, but what would a cop movie be without an unbelievable
chase scene? But how do keep the audience from just being bored about
another chase scene? Well, add TV helicopter coverage like all Los
Angeles chases and have Gavilanís sleeping buddy call him in the
middle of the chase asking if heís alright.
"Hollywood Homicide" is just a fun movie. It doesnít go for blatant
laughs but gives you lots of them. It doesnít go for over-the-top
action but keeps you rooting for the good guys. There arenít many
surprises, but a couple of nice "Uh ohís!" There are also a lot of
great performances in this flick in addition to Ford and Hartnett,
with Dwight Yoakum still showing he can be a great actor and Martin
Landau fitting the elder role nicely. And if you wondered what
happened to Lou Diamond Phillips, he plays an undercover
cross-dressing hooker named Wanda.
Not too serious, not too dopey, "Hollywood Homicide" will just keep
you entertained for a little under two hours. Itís 4 stars out of 5
from me for this movie. Go ahead, pay full price and donít forget the
popcorn and soda.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!