I've always heard good things about L.A. Confidential and I finally got a chance to watch it recently. Set in the city of Los Angeles during the 1950's, the movie explores the role of police corruption and organized crime on the city. A brutal killing at a diner gives three very different cops an opportunity to search for the truth. Russell Crowe plays Bud White, a good cop with a good heart, with a tendency to let his anger get the best of him. Guy Pearce plays Ed Exley, a clean-cut, young rising star in the police department willing to do anything within the rules to get ahead. Kevin Spacey plays Jack Vincennes, a sleazy cop willing to do anything to get his name in the papers and in the circles with the celebrities. All of them may have started out with their own selfish motives, but the search for the real truth behind the killing brings these unlikely cops together to unravel a conspiracy.
L.A. confidential is a smart crime thriller with an excellent cast and storyline. The three actors I already mentioned all give a very good performance. As well as Kim Bassinger, who steals the scene with her portrayal of a high end Hollywood prostitute. I'm always glad when a movie is as good as it is advertised. So, if you are looking to watch a well-made crime thriller with a top-notch cast and storyline be sure to check this one out.
# IMDB- 8.4/10 (#65 on Top 250)
Rotten tomatoes- Critics- 99%, Audience- 90%
Yong's Rating- 9/10 (highly recommended)