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Crime scene: Los Angeles
Good cop(s): Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce), Jack Vincennes ( Kevin Spacey), Wendell "Bud" White ( Russell Crowe)
Bad cops: The LAPD and city officials
Incident report: Three cops with vastly different styles go about solving a massacre in a diner, which leads them to a prostitution ring and corruption in the department and beyond.
Criminal intent: Lots, in terms of police tactics. The killings, the cover-up and the prostitution. But Officer White, while questioning a lawyer, smashes his face into a mirror, then shows him the bottom of a toilet -- up close.
September 19, 2012