You are always a little apprehensive when you sit down to watch a 'straight-to-video' DVD. It is not a great movie, but definitely a decent rental. While reading the DVD cover about the synopsis of the film you cannot help but start to compare it to "Training Day", but really they are not alike at all. The corrupt cop movie has been done over and over again, but this film brings some fresh insight to it. The film is loosely based on actual events, though the director Chris Fisher could not make it exactly the same due to some legal restrictions. Hard to believe as you are watching the film that any of it could have actually happened. Fisher does a decent job with an obviously small budget. He has carved quite a niche out for himself by making films based on actual events (he has made films about serial killer Richard Rodriguez and the Hillside Strangler) Clifton Collins Jr. does a good job in his role; he is convincing as a former gangbanger turned cop. Cuba Gooding Jr. has the more difficult role in that his character does some fairly disgusting things. It is hard not to hate the character and as a result the actor. I guess that means he has done his job, though. He is definitely not playing one of his usual lovable characters and as a result sometimes he tends to go a little over-the-top in his performance. Not enough to ruin it, though. For those of you who are fans of rap/hip hop then keep your ears/eyes open for the film's score and a small role by musician Wyclef Jean.
Salim Adel (Cuba Gooding Jr. – Jerry Maguire, Radio) and his partner Armando Sancho (Clifton Collins Jr. – Capote, The Replacement Killers) are former gang members who are recruited into the LAPD. Sancho became a gang member at age 10 and has always sought the security of belonging to a group. Now his group is the police force. They have both been recruited as members of an undercover rogue anti-gang division of the force. Both use their street smarts on a daily basis on their new jobs. One night during what seems to be a routine search, Salim kills an innocent man. Sancho's conscience gets the better of him and he agrees to testify on the illegal actions of some of the other members of his corrupt undercover division in order to gain immunity for the murder. Over the course of 24 hours, Sancho begins to question his decision, especially when he is asked to convince his partner to also testify. He is now not sure he has made the right decision.
-"Getting' Dirty" premiere featurette
-"Chump" music video by Oh No
-Previews of Hostel, End Game, The Net 2.0, The Hunt for Eagle One, Chasing Ghosts, The Confessor, The Russian Specialist, The Detonator, Second in Command, The Memory of a Killer, and The Cutter