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Stand aside, Heat.
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Pacino. DeNiro. NYPD.

Detectives "Turk" and "Rooster" are two of the best detectives on the force. "Turk" coaches softball, "Rooster" is a chess genius. Both are good cops.

But after "Turk" plants evidence that lands a child killer in jail, suspects they've had run-ins with start winding up dead with mysterious poems nearby, and soon the chase is on for a vigilante serial killer with a thirst for righteousness.

Pre-release it was hoped that the film would revive its stars' faltering credibility, as the last time they teamed up the world was gifted with the modern classic Heat. Alas, it did terribly both critically and commercially.


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This film provides examples of:

  • All Crimes Are Equal: To the killer.
  • Broken Pedestal: Rooster has lost his faith in legal justice thanks to Turk planting a gun at the child killer's house, resulting in him becoming a vigilante serial killer.
  • Calling Card: The little poems left by the killer.
  • How We Got Here: The film opens with the killer's confession being read. It then shows everything leading up to that moment.
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  • It Never Gets Any Easier: Mentioned, with a "You get numb to it."
  • Let Me at Him!: The first attempt to arrest "Spider".
  • Mind Screw: The story does this to the audience to keep the killer's identity secret.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: The killer's reason for his actions.
  • Poetic Serial Killer: Leaving a hand-written poem at the scene is actually part of the killer's modus operandi.

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