The spirit of a murdered police detective takes possession of a rookie cop in order to solve his own murder in THE FORCE, a well-made, if unremarkable, low-budget crime thriller with supernatural elements.
Des Flynn (Gary Hudson), a veteran Los Angeles police detective and accomplished martial artist, is killed while investigating the murder of a prostitute he once befriended. His death is made to look like an accident. Rookie cop Cal Warner (Jason Gedrick) soon finds himself subject to temporary
fits of possession by Des's spirit and manages to enlist the help of Des's widow Sarah (Kim Delaney).
Using Des's knowledge of the case and his martial arts skills, Cal soon identifies corrupt homicide detective--and Des's former partner--Frank Sykes (Dennis Lipscomb) as the chief suspect. When Sykes lures Sarah to the old Los Angeles City Jail, Cal rushes to her aid only to find his superior,
Captain Maddox (Lyman Ward), revealed as the murderer. After a chase through the deserted corridors and a final confrontation in which Cal shoots Maddox dead, Des appears to both Cal and Sarah and bids them a final goodbye.
The film's premise of a deceased man solving his own murder and making his spirit presence known to his widow (closely recalling 1990 s GHOST) lends some poignance to this otherwise routine thriller. THE FORCE would have been more effective, however, had Jason Gedrick's lead role been played by an
actor who could have conveyed more adequately the emotional turbulence of an average young man who suddenly finds another soul inside him. The most interesting character in the film, Eastern-influenced martial artist Des Flynn (well played by Gary Hudson from MARTIAL OUTLAW), is killed off in the
film's first quarter and his presence is sorely missed throughout. As the widow who has to confront her husband's continued presence, Kim Delaney (THE DRIFTER) turns in another finely-tuned low-budget performance, part of a body of work that helped the actress move from these straight-to-video
affairs to the cast of TV's "NYPD Blue".
Given the distinct lack of exploitable elements (sex, violence, special effects, action), the film might have been done more profitably as a TV movie with a more high-end cast.(Violence, profanity.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: R
- Review: The spirit of a murdered police detective takes possession of a rookie cop in order to solve his own murder in THE FORCE, a well-made, if unremarkable, low-budget crime thriller with supernatural elements. Des Flynn (Gary Hudson), a veteran Los Angeles po… (more)