L.A. Heat

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

A reasonably entertaining low-budget crime thriller, L.A. HEAT centers on Los Angeles cop Jon Chance (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs). His troubles start with a drug stakeout that turns bloody when the suspect, Clarence (Kevin Benton), kills Chance's partner and escapes. When Chance sets a second trap for Clarence with an undercover drug buy, three more cops are...read more

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A reasonably entertaining low-budget crime thriller, L.A. HEAT centers on Los Angeles cop Jon Chance (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs). His troubles start with a drug stakeout that turns bloody when the suspect, Clarence (Kevin Benton), kills Chance's partner and escapes. When Chance sets a

second trap for Clarence with an undercover drug buy, three more cops are killed and Clarence escapes once again, getting away with both the police department's money and the drugs. Chance's captain (Jim Brown) gives him a 72-hour deadline to bring Clarence in, but the bloodshed escalates. On the

genre level, L.A. HEAT is rather tepid. The plot is really too complicated for its own good. The film could get rid of fully a third of its characters without losing anything of importance. Moreover, Joseph Merhi's direction seldom rises above the routine. The pacing is slack and, perhaps as a

result of the modest production budget, characters spend entirely too much time standing around and talking to each other rather than generating action and suspense. Still, when all the pluses and minuses are tallied, L.A. HEAT ranks above average as low-budget action thrillers go.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A reasonably entertaining low-budget crime thriller, L.A. HEAT centers on Los Angeles cop Jon Chance (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs). His troubles start with a drug stakeout that turns bloody when the suspect, Clarence (Kevin Benton), kills Chance's partner and e… (more)

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