36th Precinct (2010) – By Brian Morton

Cop dramas are some of my favorite movies. And, the more realistic they are the better I like them. So, I absolutely loved this new release from Palisades Tartan, 36th Precinct. It had everything you’ll look for in a cop movie, action, drama, and some insider politics…it’s the whole package and…so you can brag to your friends…it’s a foreign film!

Here’s the story: Daniel Auteuil plays Leo Vrinks, a cop that’s been around a while and knows all the ins and outs of how the system works and isn’t afraid to bend the rules to the point of breaking them to get a bad guy. Gerard Depardieu plays Denis Klein, Vrinks’ rival within the force, and another man who’s not afraid to break the rules. When a gang of armed men is robbing armored cars and leaving behind dead bodies, Vrinks is assigned to find them…no matter what it takes. Vrinks gets the intelligence he needs from a known felon, but not without a pretty high cost…he becomes implicated in a murder! When Klein finds this out, he uses the information against Vrinks to have him jailed and takes a promotion that was meant for Vrinks. So, Vrinks is in jail, Klein is the new commissioner of police and there’s a tension in the city that you can cut with a knife…and you know it’s not going to end well.

36th Precinct is one of the best cop movies I’ve seen since the Japanese, Infernal Affairs, which was remade into The Departed here in the States. I’d love to see 36th Precinct given the same treatment…but if isn’t, it’s still one of the best cop movies of the year!

I’m giving 36th Precinct 4 out of 4 cigars; it’s a riveting, edge of your seat cop movie that will leave you wanting more! Grab a copy for yourself over at http://www.palisadestartan.com.