17 January 2008 | winner55
Let's drag the ugly stuff up front for all to view:
The federal agent character played by David Morse is a disgusting brutal fascist thug. To make his character a supporting 'hero' effectively makes the following arguments to the audience (the validity of which I comment on in parentheses):
For the sake of 42 million dollars of stolen gold, government agents may ignore the Constitution of the United States and 1. Torture; 2. Deny medical care to suspected criminals; 3. Threaten informants with summary execution; 4. Fail to advise the accused of their rights and deny access to their attorneys (Is there any lawyer there representing the Jamie Foxx character anywhere anytime in this film? - nope.) 5. Assault a convict in order to engage in experimentation during consequent surgery; 6. Engage in close survey of innocent citizens without warrant; including implanted communications and tracking devices, wire-tapping, and audio-voyeurism during suspect's sexual activities; 7. Commit to a policy of killing innocent citizens in order to kill a suspected criminal; 8. Commit to the intention to kill a suspected criminal without arrest, trial, conviction, or judgment; 9. Commandeer the municipal police of NYC without respect to the rights of the state or municipality.
ALl this in 2000, before the horrid Bush regime?!
David Morse's character needs to be hauled before a congressional committed, arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to several life-term in prison, running consecutively (meaning, one life after another, just in case he has several), without probation. George Bush, too.
And since the victim of most of these crimes is a Black man, do we detect just a little racism here? only mitigated by out-right pandering to potential Black audiences?
Disgusting. Burn it. Burn every film like it. Restore the Constitution of the United States, including its sacred Bill of Rights!