Gang Related

1997

Action / Crime / Drama / Romance / Thriller

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James Belushi as Detective Frank K Divinci
Tupac Shakur as Detective Rodriguez
Lela Rochon as Cynthia Webb
Dennis Quaid as Joe Doe / William
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Reviewed by Brad K. 9 / 10

A gritty crime thriller.

Gang Related had a great premise, which was enough to get me to want to see it. James Belushi (K-9, Race the Sun) and the late Tupac Shakur (Gridlocked, Poetic Justice) play two corrupt cops. They sell stolen drugs, kill the guy they sold it to, take the drugs & money, and label the crime as gang related. This has worked for the first ten times, but the 11th doesn't. The 11th guy they killed, turned out to be an undercover cop. So the two are put in charge of finding the killer. So knowing that they themselves killed him and could be in huge trouble, they begin to look for possible candidates to take the fall. Eventually they decide on a homeless man, wonderfully played by an unrecognizable Dennis Quaid (Switchback, Dragonheart). They then get Belushi's girlfriend and stripper, Lela Rochon (Waiting to Exhale, The Chamber) to testify against him. Soon though things don't work out as Rochon starts to lose confidence and more evidence comes out about the mysterious homeless man. Belushi and Shakur start to lose their trust and confidence with each other. This is a well-written film with some great dialogue and an awesome ending. James Belushi is great as the mastermind behind the plot and the one who won't give up. Tupac Shakur is just as good (in his final role) as the partner who has at least some sort of a conscience. Rochon is good. Fine support work is turned in by James Earl Jones and David Paymer as Quaid's lawyers. I highly recommend this movie. Rated R: (violence, language, nudity)

Reviewed by Andyboy_17 8 / 10

Not as bad as you may think!

If it wasn't for the fact that I'm a huge fan of Rap-music, and that I consider Tupac Shakur as the greatest rapper of all time, chances are that I would have never taken my time to watch "Gang Related". In fact, I don't consider any of the films Tupac starred in as directly bad. "Poetic Justice" (1993), "Juice" (1991) and "Gridlock'd" (1996) are all films that I would recommend and consider as highly watchable. Now "Gang Related" was the only film he got the chance to star in, where he didn't play a criminal or a street-thug from the ghetto. In this film he actually plays a police officer...

...a corrupt one that is, though. Divinci (played by James Belushi) and Rodriguez (Tupac Shakur) are two cops who are dealing drugs, bribing and even murdering peoples when they're at work. Their formula is to sell drugs to naive buyers, then kill them and keep the money. This seems to work just fine until one of their victims turns out to be a undercover-police officer.

Crime-movies like this isn't exactly my favorites, but I liked this one. Jim Kouf has written an interesting story with enough thrilling and surprises, and except for that part, the actors has to carry the film on their own. I haven't seen many films starring James Belushi, but this is the best performance I've seen by him. He fits the role as Divinci perfect, and really takes the film to a higher level. The chemistry between Belushi and Tupac is also working well. This was Tupac Shakur's last role before he passed, but it is not his best. It's a good performance, though he's being overshadowed by Belushi. Along with Ice Cube, Tupac was a rapper that really COULD act, unlike many of today's rappers who's mostly making a fool out of themselves, trying to act in movies. Lela Rochon (a beautiful woman who plays Divinci's friend Cynthia) and Dennis Quaid (who plays the bum Joe) are also giving some approved performances.

Before watching "Gang Related" I had seen a few teasers, and it looked like an average crime-film to me. It may not be an extraordinary crime-film, but I sure found myself glued to the TV. As the first hour went by, it became very intense and thrilling. I'm not sure of what to think about the ending of the film, though. It was surprising and had a twist of ironic humor, but I kind of disliked it a little bit, for some reason. To me, it was ONE major flaw in this film: ***Spoilers Following*** During long parts of the film, Divinci and Rodriguez are discussing the murder case, while nobody knows that THEY are the murderers. They keep roaring, screaming and revealing things to each others in public places like at the police station.I think it's very illogical that NOBODY hears or notices them and reacts. ***End Of Spoilers***. I also have to say that I disliked the score, and I'm talking about that awful "main" theme, which is being played often through out the film. It doesn't fit the film and it's mood at all.

"Gang Related" is a good crime-film, with a well-written story and two good actors in the leading roles. It is not as bad as you may think at first, and it's well worth watching at least one time...not exactly the kind of film that's to be watched numerous times, anyway. Tupac Shakur's last film.

Reviewed by zardoz-13 8 / 10

An Ensemble Police Procedural Thriller With Lots of Surprises

Everything that can go wrong does go wrong for a couple of corrupt homicide cops in "Disorganized Crime" director Jim Kouf's "Gang Related," an ensemble police procedural thriller that springs one startling surprise after another on its unsuspecting audience. This above-average but unsavory chronicle of a crime coming unraveled boasts a talented cast in a heavyweight tragicomedy of errors. What elevates "Gang Related" several notches above the ordinary gangsta epic is the film's old-fashioned portrayal of good and evil in a morally ordered universe where everybody must atone for their sins. The filmmakers have borrowed elements as diverse as O'Henry's classic comeuppance storytelling style and combined it with bits and pieces from big-budgeted movies such as William Friedkin's "To Live and Die in L.A." (1985) and Joseph Ruben's "Money Train" (1995). Indeed, Kouf's accomplished piece of film-making looks like the flip side of Peter Hyams' buddy cop movie "Running Scared" with Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines, although the cops that Crystal and Hines played were good guys to the core.

The characters in "Gang Related" serve as the pawns of a serpentine plot. None of them exert control over what transpires and the irony of this isn't lost on audiences. Few ensemble movies reach the big screen anymore, so this proves both surprising and gratifying to see such a polished effort like this one. Writer & director Jim Kouf produced a similar saga with his 1989 crime spoof "Disorganized Crime." Everything went awry for a gang of thieves in "Disorganized Crime." In "Gang Related," everything goes awry, too, but for the police. The chief difference is that Kouf plays it straight right down the line. Although the parable teeters at times on travesty, Kouf never shifts the accent to buffoonery. You know something is different, too, when a couple marquee stars shows up in minor of crucial roles. You can barely recognize Dennis Quaid at first as a remorseful derelict and James Earl Jones's arrival occurs straight out of the blue.

As Detective Frank DaVinci and Rodriguez, James Belushi and Tupac Shakur create a credibly chummy chemistry. Arguing that drug dealers constitute the scum of society, they set them up for buys, knock them off, and then attribute the murders to gangs. They have iced nine drug dealers with this reliable method of operation, using narcotics secretly liberated then later returned to the police evidence room. DaVinci and Rodriguez get the shock of their lives when they learn that their latest victim, Lionel Hudd (Kool Moe Dee of "Panther"), was an undercover D.E.A. agent. Moreover, Hudd's superior, Agent Richard Simms (Gary Cole), is determined to do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of Hudd's murder and applies a lot of heat on the L.A.P.D. to find a suspect. Neither detective wants to confess to the crime so they search for a patsy. Several patsies don't pan out because they have iron-clad alibis, but this doesn't stop our unscrupulous protagonists from trying to set them up. They bring them into an interrogation room and slide the murder weapon across the desk at them and these poor fools catch the gun and wind up handling. One examines the revolver in detail and then cleverly wipes it clean and sends it sliding back at the cops. Eventually, DaVinci settles on a street bum. No sooner has Joe Doe (Dennis Quaid of "The Rookie") been arrested than it turns out that he is a rich man thought dead for seven years. It seems that William Daine McCall, son of the founder of a major telecommunication corporation, was a celebrated surgeon who stepped out on his wife with a nurse. An argument between McCall and his wife prompted her to fly into hysterics, enough so to take their two kids and leave their home. Tragically, about a mile from home, the wife and children died in a car accident and McCall goes on a bender. Meanwhile, things keep getting worse for our protagonists. They enlist the aid of a stripper named Cynthia Webb (Lela Rochon of "Waiting to Exhale") as an eyewitness. It seems that DaVinci is banging her on the side when he is sleeping with his wife. Cynthia buckles in court, however, when defense attorney Arthur Baylor (James Earl Jones of "Clean Slate") tears up her contrived story under careful cross-examination, and she admits to perjury. Pretty soon the relationship between DaVinci and Rodriguez begins to deteriorate because Rodriguez lacks DaVinci's cold, calculating nerve to kill people without a qualm.

James Belushi of "Mr. Destiny" plays an out-and-out villain here in a change-of-pace casting. He invests his character with more depth than you would normally associate with him. At times, his performance is so charismatic that you want evil to triumph. In his final screen appearance, the late rapper Tupac Shakur shows that his artistry will be missed as much by music enthusiasts as moviegoers.

Writer & director Jim Kouf has breathed new life into a routine plot by standing it on its head. Half of the fun of "Gang Related" is watching DaVinci and Rodriguez dig themselves deeper the more that they try to dig themselves out of disaster. Usually, in a movie like "Gang Related," the heroes are the guys who are in trouble, but neither DaVinci nor Rodriguez qualify as heroes. They only character with any shred of integrity here is Cynthia. When she commits perjury, she refuses to divulge the identities of her cohorts. That's what makes Kouf's police thriller different and that difference might alienate orthodox crime movie junkies who need a hero to cheer.

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