Hollywood Homicide

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual situations and language 
Starring: Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett 
Directed By:Ron Shelton 

Final Grade: 

Sometimes a film can leave you in awe. Sometimes that awe is because you have just seen a movie so great that you don’t really even know how to begin describing it in review form. Other times the movie is the opposite. The film leaves you in awe not because of sheer greatness or mere stupidity, but just because it’s existence makes you feel as the though you were somehow cheated out of a few hours of your life that you can never have back.

Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett try their hand at the buddy cop genre, as they opened Hollywood Homicide this weekend. Harrison ford plays Gavilan a detective who is a real estate broker on the side, trying to make ends meet. His partner of 4 months is KC Calden, a young detective who’s real passion is for the Hollywood spotlight, and only took up police work because he wanted to avenge his father’s death. The unlikely duo works together to try and solve a quadruple homicide, all of them members of a new Breakout rap group, sponsored by Sartain records. But when Gavilan’s personal life starts to interfere, and Internal Affairs starts to believe both Gavilan and Calden are dirty, Gavilan only has a few days to crack the case, prove that he isn’t corrupt and make the real estate deal of the century..

The flick has all the components of a cop movie. It has the old man (Ford) and the Apprentice (Hartnett) working together on a case. It has the bar scene, where it’s a given that only miraculous leads come from multiple drinks and hours on a bar stool, and it has the slum streets filled with prostitutes and strippers. Add all that in with a tale of crooked cops, a rage filled young cop looking to avenge his father’s death and a gang violence, and we have film that has summed up just about every buddy cop movie that has happened over the last 10 years.

The duo of Ford and Hartnett is almost painful to watch, the team lacks charisma and seem like the most unlikely pairing in the entire world. Each of the characters on their own has their moments of great lines, and even some charismatic moments, but they are easily clouded by a bad side story. For Harrison Ford it is the real estate brokerage side job, and for Hartnett is the death of his father that come back to haunt this already pointless plot. Hartnett lacks the charisma and the whole feeling of a cop, and instead seems much more like a little boy still playing cops and robbers in his backyard.

The flick ends with a supposedly fast paced chase scene through Hollywood in which they attempted to bring out humorous moments in each character, like a bad Lethal Weapon flick. By the end this droning chase scene is over, the audience has already anticipated the ending, digested it and are ready to head home for the evening, without giving it a second thought. In the end all the pieces of the puzzle line up so perfectly that even a Hollywood movie couldn’t make them line up any better. Hartnett finds his fathers killer, who just so happens to be connected to the case, the bad guys lose, and the good guy wins and the credits roll. But did you really expect anything else?

In the end Hollywood Homicide, as pointless as it is, wasn’t an overall waste of your time, especially if you are in the target audience (which would be Ford and Hartnett fans) but this is far from the best career move for Ford since Indiana Jones, and not a positive step forward to Hollywood hunk Hartnett. The end result is this somewhat painful film has redeeming moments of grace, but it is just enough to tide the viewers over until the big Hollywood executives can finish up the next unlikely pairing of buddy cops. As long as it isn’t Christopher Walken and Eminem the dying buddy cop genre still has a chance. 

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