WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A tough police unit filled with ex-gang bangers must fight Internal Affairs, the gangs, and themselves. For two cops, Officer Salim Adel (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and Officer Armando Sancho (Clifton Collins Jr.), it’s going to be one long day.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When I saw the Security Device tag which read “DIRTY DVD” I laughed for about 10 minutes. Little did I know that I would be crying later at how awful it turned out. At the very least, the film lives up to its name. You really do feel dirty watching it because of what the characters do and on the plus side, the characters know it. The film’s major downfall, and I wouldn’t have seen this coming, is Cuba Gooding, Jr! Not only was his acting iffy, but I TOTALLY didn’t buy him as his character. DIRTY basically comes off as a TRAINING DAY rip off that “tries” to delve into the psychology of its characters. Well, Cuba’s character is supposed to be exactly like Denzel’s in the said film, the problem is that Cuba usually plays pure characters with a heart and conscience and he’s totally against type here. Normally, this would be pretty cool but it just doesn’t work here and that really drags the film down. On the other hand, Clifton Collins, Jr. puts in a pretty damn realistic performance as an ex gang member trying to put up with the sh*t.
There really is some interesting takes on the genre but not enough to warrant a film. The characters played by Keith David and Cole Hauser are cool but don’t get enough screen time to add to the story. Production as a whole just feels to sloppy, as if they made up things as they went. I won’t even get into the ending which is too damn depressing and makes the whole affair seem too pretentious. Thumbs down on this one. I could see Cuba on the set screaming “Show me the money!”
Commentary with Writer/Director Chris Fisher and Director of Photography Eliot Rockett >> You got to wonder sometimes if director’s do commentary so they can hear themselves or because they think people are genuinely interested. Whatever the case, I wasn’t too impressed with the commentary. I did kind of learn what he though of this movie, but that confused me more. “It’s a gangster film, it’s a cop film, and it’s also a ghost story.” Huh?
Deleted Scenes > There’s a collection of seven deleted scenes, several of which I found very amusing including a game of knuckles. Hurts like a mother don’t it.
“Gettin’ Dirty” Premiere Featurette >> 10 min > DIRTY premiered at AFI’s film festival and we get some interviews with the passionate cast. It’s too bad the film didn’t amount to much.
Skateboarding/Breakdancing Featurette >> 4 min > This video mix intercutting skateboarding and such is cool and reminds me of these old sports vids I watched back in the 90’s.
“Chump” Music Video by Oh No >> 3 min > Awesome! Not only is this a kick ass song reminiscent of 90’s hip hop, but it’s mixed to boarding. Cool.
Finally, there’s a ton of crappy Trailers.
DIRTY is a film that was built on a lot of potential. The convoluted story, confusing editing, and mis-casting of Cuba Gooding ultimately drove this film into the dirt. The one thing it does get right is you WILL feel dirty watching DIRTY. Its DVD however has some decent extras including some bitchin’ 90’s style.
Props 2 > Clifton Collins, Jr. for his effort, Cole Hauser, and Oh No.
Final D >> Check yourself before you wreck yourself!