The Proposal (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna
actually have a tiny disagreement on this one! Well, sort of. We both
liked it, but I kinda liked it and Tuna loved it. So his thumb way up
is balanced by my thumb wavering, starting to point upward.
Tuna's comments in white:
I just watched the best thriller I
have seen in a long while, and then, as usual, went to IMDB to see
what others thought of it. I was amazed to
comments in yellow:
Sorry, I will spoil the surprises, so don't read further if you really want to see it based on Tuna's review. Come back and read this later.
really agree with Tuna on this one. I liked the movie pretty well, but
I don't think it was a great flick, just another solid undercover
cobs-and-robbers flick with a zillion layers of onion to peel.
A couple of details were sloppy. Our hero is supposed to be so careful about every detail, so as not to be exposed. Well, I'll give you a clue, pal, if you pretend to be an American mobster, and you pronounce the word "assume" as "as-shoom", you had better be prepared for a good explanation of that. I suggest telling them that you're actually undercover, pretending to be Sean Connery. That's a rather large detail that would immediately demonstrate to any American anywhere, mobster or otherwise, that whatever else you might be, you are NOT American.
I didn't think the plot was all that hard to figure out, either, although I didn't get the details exactly right. The FBI stumbled over our hero's undercover operation without previously telling him they were operating in the area, and the head FBI agent said two things to him that gave away the plot:
1. The FBI agents knew that our hero was a cop.
2. The FBI agents told him that they were investigating leaks in the police force.
1. The leak in the police force had to be Jennifer Esposito or our hero's boss. There are no other meaningful cops in the plot.
2. Jennifer was supposed to be a rookie cop just out of training, so the FBI couldn't have been investigating her; therefore, they must have been investigating our hero's boss.
3. If they weren't co-operating with our hero's boss, how could they know our hero was a cop? Only one way. Esposito must have told them, because she was the only other one who knew. Therefore, Esposito had to be an undercover FBI agent.
If you watch the film, you will see that the plot is far, far more complex than I have indicated. Esposito is running about a zillion different scams at once. the police think she's a cop. the mobsters think she's a mobster. The FBI -well, she really is one of them, I guess. I think she's an undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the police force, and the mob guys thought they had simply bribed a rookie cop onto the payroll. Since the captain was on the mob payroll, it explains why he insisted on using her on the case, so the mob guys could get the taped evidence which even the police captain couldn't pry out of our hero.
It does seem a bit convenient that the mob chose to bribe a police officer who was actually an FBI agent pretending to be a police officer, but I guess that could happen to those people under deep cover. They just have to go along with the opportunities that fall into their laps.
|One thing I did like
about the film was the director's unique way to create mystery by
misleading us with scenes out of context. For example, we see our hero
get patted down. He's packing a bunch of guns, but the guy waves him
in anyway. What's that all about? Well, we find out later. They don't
care about guns - they expect
a mob guy to be carrying an armory on him - they're actually patting
him down for a wire! There were several such scenes which were
explained by future developments, including the very opening of the
Another thing I liked was the way they maintained suspense in several individual scenes. (For example, when we think our hero's secret wire has been uncovered for sure). People who walked by while I was watching it got hooked and had to see how a couple of scenes would turn out.
So, I guess I don't disagree with Tuna that strongly. He loved it and thought it was exceptional. I liked it and thought it was a solid genre picture, but not too much more. His rating indicates you'll like it even if you don't like this type of film. I didn't think it was that good, and recommend it only to those who are predisposed to enjoy the twists and turns of a good undercover cop story, which it is.
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