DIRECTORs: Bobby Moresco (10th & wolf)
STARRING: karl urban, andy garcia, sofia vergara, and grace gealey
REVIEWER: Lyall carter
A discredited former policeman connects a murder case to an elaborate government conspiracy involving rogue operatives from a top spy agency.
Danny Gallagher (Karl Urban) is a policeman who is jailed for murdering a thug he didn't know was an undercover cop. Realising that he has been set up in a murky world of police corruption, stolen money, and a woman killed in a car bombing, Gallagher sets out to track down the real culprits behind the conspiracy.
Unfortunately Bent doesn't work incredibly well. At times the plot is extremely convoluted and at other times incredibly simple. Its as if the writers didn't really know where they were going with the story and merely threw together some ideas that they thought might work.
Also for the first time in a long time I really noticed the lack of detail in the production of the film itself. Noticeable black tape over vehicle brand badges, blood splatters that seem to be always on the move, and rain that is quite obviously hovering just over the actors and not the rest of the scene.
But in spite of all this the acting is pretty on point. Karl Urban is great as the leading man; broken, sorrowful, and seeking redemption. The always brilliant Andy Garcia plays well with the material that he has been given too.
A little bit of a mess but Urban and Garcia are fun to watch.