6.5

Just 6.5 (Metri Shesh Va Nim) (2019)

Just 6.5 (Metri Shesh Va Nim) first published by EyeforFilm at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019 Just 6.5 (Metri Shesh Va Nim) is a film of crowds. You can see it in the junkyard slum that police raid near the beginning of the film, as they round up a makeshift suburb’s worth of packed-in…

Skills

Survival Skills (2020)

Survival Skills (2020) at Fantasia There are few things more political than the police. This is especially true right now in the United States, where every week more phone or bodycam footage emerges showing the constabulary putting their knees on civilians’ throats, or simply shooting them dead, often with little more obvious cause than the…

Blue

Black and Blue (2019)

Black and Blue first published by Sight & Sound, December 2019 Review: Deon Taylor’s Black and Blue begins with a black woman in a hoodie jogging along the street. A police car pulls her over, its front tyre splashing her with water from a puddle. Two aggressive white male officers get out, one pushing her…

Gore

Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Tokyo Gore Police (Tôkyô zankoku keisatsu) first published by Little White Lies As Hollywood still picks over the bloody remains of the J-horror movement that flourished at the turn of the twenty-first century, Japan has moved on to a new brand of horror which might, for want of a better term, be called ‘splattercore’.  Key…

Everyone

War On Everyone (2016)

First published by Real Crime In Albuquerque, New Mexico, single alcoholic Terry Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård) and family man Bob Balaño (Michael Peña) are a pair of police detectives who have long since broken bad. Robbing from the criminal and giving to themselves, they pay practically no heed to the law, although they do have their…

Triple

Triple 9 (2016)

First published by Real Crime Magazine “I know you’re gonna laugh, but I want to make a difference.” So says Chris (Casey Affleck), a rookie out on his first day patrolling with his more experienced cop partner Marcus (Anthony Mackie) – and unaware that Marcus moonlights in a criminal crew currently being blackmailed into service…

Dredd

Dredd (2012)

Dredd first published by movieScope “Male – another Judge,” says mutant psychic Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), when asked to assess a stranger whom she cannot even see. “I can feel anger and control, but there’s something else, behind that control, something almost…” The male in question is Dredd (Karl Urban) who, as a Judge in…