A celebrated NY detective Eddie Flemming (Robert De Niro) and a NY fire marshal arson investigator Jordy Warsaw (Edward Burns) join forces to track down two killers, Emil Slovak (Karel Roden) and Oleg Razgul (Oleg Taktarov), who’ve traveled to New York City from Eastern Europe looking for a man who owes them money. When the man can’t pay, his murder is made to look like a fatal fire and is videotaped by one of the brutal killers who’ve already crafted their legal loophole defense stating that he was insane at the time The killers decide to sell their story for millions to tabloid news anchor Robert Hawkins (Kelsey Grammer) should they be caught. Their only problem is an illegal immigrant who witnesses the crime, Daphne Handlova (Vera Farmiga) and is on the run. Melina Kanakaredes plays a local TV reporter.
THE GOOD:…This is an unusual suspense/drama in that this highlights the media’s obsession with selling sex and violence, while showing how the bizarre insanity of the two immigrants can abuse the system all for the sake of sensationalistic television. In all of the craziness, there is a truth about the perceptions of America and anti-Americanism, especially where the media’s concerned. Grammer is wonderful as the selfish, liberal media you grow to despise. De Niro has another classic scene of talking to himself in the mirror and I only wish the two would have had more screen time together (hint, hint). THE NOT-SO-GOOD:…This is a violent movie with irrational bad guys that make the violence unpredictable, intense and scary, not to mention the adult themes, and nudity.