Third World Cop

Great soundtrack, clichéd cops-and-robbers movie. Set in Dungle, a high-crime slum of Kingston, Jamaica, this crime thriller tells the classic story of childhood pals who wind up on opposite sides of the law, and it's no gritty, groundbreaking hit a la THE HARDER THEY COME (which, incidentally, was helmed by director Chris Browne's uncle, Perry Henzell)....read more

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Great soundtrack, clichéd cops-and-robbers movie. Set in Dungle, a high-crime slum of Kingston, Jamaica, this crime thriller tells the classic story of childhood pals who wind up on opposite sides of the law, and it's no gritty, groundbreaking

hit a la THE HARDER THEY COME (which, incidentally, was helmed by director Chris Browne's uncle, Perry Henzell). Detective Boyd (Paul Campbell), known to friends and enemies alike as "Capone," is transferred from picturesque Port Antonio back to his native Kingston with a warning that his crime

fighting methods, while effective, aren't ethical. He's teamed with the amiable Floyd (Winston Bell), whose regular partner is on extended medical leave, and promptly lands in the middle of a gun-running scam. Someone is smuggling firearms in barrels of charity goods intended for various local

churches, and Capone is pretty sure hook-handed gangster Oney (Carl Bradshaw) is the big man behind the plan. What Capone isn't clear on is what part — if any — his childhood friend Ratty (Mark Danvers) plays in the scheme. Meanwhile, Ratty and Capone cautiously resume their friendship,

which imperils them both; the neighborhood thugs suspect Ratty of informing, while hard-assed cop Not Nice (Lenford Salmon) believes Capone is being soft on Dungle crooks because he's from the neighborhood. Despite the experienced cast and crew (several of whom worked on the ebullient, breakout

hit DANCEHALL QUEEN), this Jamaican production has a disconcertingly amateurish feel. The script recycles clichés that go back to 1937'S DEAD END, the performances are one-note, and the whole thing has the flat, bright look of a TV cop show. And though the picture is subtitled, it's only

subtitled some of the time; when is in no way determined by the relative clarity or impenetrability of what's being said in the actors' Jamaican patois.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Great soundtrack, clichéd cops-and-robbers movie. Set in Dungle, a high-crime slum of Kingston, Jamaica, this crime thriller tells the classic story of childhood pals who wind up on opposite sides of the law, and it's no gritty, groundbreaking hit a la TH… (more)

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