Under Oath

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • R
  • Crime, Thriller

A sort of poor man's INTERNAL AFFAIRS (1990), this mediocre but watchable film could be called "When Bad Things Happen to Good Cops;" it's hard not squirm as you're put in the position of rooting for two personable policemen descending a slippery slope of corruption. Angry that his well-deserved pay raise has been postponed, Officer Nick Hollit (Jack Scalia)...read more

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Reviewed by Robert Pardi
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A sort of poor man's INTERNAL AFFAIRS (1990), this mediocre but watchable film could be called "When Bad Things Happen to Good Cops;" it's hard not squirm as you're put in the position of rooting for two personable policemen descending a slippery slope of corruption. Angry that his well-deserved pay raise has been postponed, Officer Nick Hollit (Jack Scalia) persuades his gullible partner, Ray Ramirez (Eddie Velez), that ripping off drug dealers would make up for the inequity. The scheme backfires when they kidnap and accidentally kill an undercover federal agent and, irony of ironies, are put in charge of the ensuing investigation, which is being closely watched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Ramirez want to come clean, but Hollit directs suspicion to two property room officers already under suspicion by Internal Affairs. Though Hollit manages to keep ATF officer Saltarelli (Richard Lynch) on the wrong track, he's being blackmailed by a drug snitch who knows Hollit and Ramirez were involved in the bungled coke-money heist. When the blabbermouth conveniently turns up dead, guilt-ridden Ramirez turns against his buddy. Will Hollit let Ramirez blow there cover, and is there anyone else who might have a reason to silence Ramirez? No-one will be particularly surprised when the identity of the miscreant behind the mayhem is revealed, but what the film lacks in suspense it compensates for by being a decently acted fable about the repercussions of one wrong step. Director David Payne and screenwriter Scott demonstrate a sure command of action-movie formulas, and the escalating series of fall-outs between friends is sharply handled.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A sort of poor man's INTERNAL AFFAIRS (1990), this mediocre but watchable film could be called "When Bad Things Happen to Good Cops;" it's hard not squirm as you're put in the position of rooting for two personable policemen descending a slippery slope of… (more)

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