this is a well made film. i'm surprised i guess that its not as popular as it perhaps should be.
it is a little too glossy for my taste, and there is an underlying problem with the way the police are represented here.
the plot is fairly complex because at its core its a movie about several individual cops. one works undercover selling drugs, one is days away from retiring, and another is falling apart financially while he's expecting twins. each is getting pulled into decisions which are setting them up towards making decisions which are pushing them into positions that ultimately have them making the wrong decisions.
there is my only issue with the movie. each cop here when faced with a decisions makes the wrong one, that might give the impression that cops, as a whole, are corrupt or even prone to being corrupt. and its the job itself that causes this to happen. while i don't doubt that each of these characters could very well be based on true stories, the impression here is what counts and its a bit off of reality. its not outright cop-hating though, and in fact goes to quite some length to get us to appreciate the pressures that these guys face and how bad decisions can sometimes seem like the right decisions even to those who are at their core decent people. its a complicated picture that is painted, and i feel its a minor mistake overall.
its also true that the film does feel a bit dated now. both the style of the film and some of the language will be lost on some people and will likely render the film not as effective as it had been when it was made.
watching the extras, you'll realize that this is the first movie made of the script writers work. what a wonderful way to start. its talented work.
the acting is good, filming good, story great. minor flaws don't harm it enough to not recommend watching it.