5 December 2007 | wintyrfalls
Cement: The above average dirty cop film with great performances
This is not the best or greatest dirty cop movie ever made; it is not even a traditionally "great" film, yet it holds your attention straight through. There is something about the rhythm of the film and performances that are, at times, mesmerizing to watch.
How is that? I am still trying to figure it out, but watch for the following:
1) Chris Penn delivers one of his best, truest performances; one that is on par with "The Funeral", in that it is just a tortured character played purely without clichés.
2) It presents the gritty underworld of Los Angeles without even a hint of Hollywood or elite characters.
3) Henry Czerny. Where did he come from? I have no idea, but you will try to find his other work after watching Cement.
4) The feel of the movie is right, there is nothing bright or shiny. The story is that of a dark, intense life and the atmosphere created fits perfectly.
The film is not for everyone! You will not end a viewing feeling all is right with the world, whistling happy tunes, OK? It is a gritty film with amazing performances, do not expect laughs or feel good moments. If you like Abel Ferrara (King of New York, Bad Lieutenant, Funeral) or early Scorsese (Mean Streets, Taxi Driver), see this!