• Warning: Spoilers
    How many cop films feature: (1) a crime that never expands beyond its initial level, i.e. an investigation of a brutal and senseless murder ends up with a brutal and senseless murder, (2) the cops solve the case not by brilliant Sherlockian logic, but simply by walking and asking questions (the way real police investigators spend 99.99% of their time), (3) a person who claims to be able to crack the case but turns out to be a crack pot, or (4) a person who confesses to the crime only because he thinks he belongs in jail (happens repeatedly in real cases with a lot of publicity, but NEVER in films). This film has all of these realistic events, PLUS a compelling plot and characters. A cop movie that is both true-to-life AND fascinating -- a combo not seen since.