William L. Petersen (Manhunter, CSI ) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) face off in a deadly game of cat and mouse in this riveting (The New York Times) action-thriller from the Oscar®-winning* director of The French Connection. Full of flash, style and grit (Boxoffice), this raw tale of corruption and revenge features one of the most harrowing car chases ever caught on film and a shockingly explosive ending. Federal Agent Richard Chance (Petersen) has a score to settle, and he's through playing by the rules. Whether that means blackmailing a beautiful parolee, disobeying direct orders or hurtling the wrong way down a crowded freeway, he vows to take down a murderous counterfeiter (Dafoe) by any means necessary. But as the stakes grow higher, will Chance's obsession with vengeance ultimately destroy him? *1971
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Engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled.
On its own terms, it's a considerable success, though it's a film that sacrifices everything in the interests of style.
The film isn't just about cops and robbers, but about two systems of doing business, and how one of the systems finds a way to change itself in order to defeat the other.