Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Badge of Honor

Released January 26th 2015 (UK), released February 2nd, 2016 (US DVD)
1 hr 34 mins
Not Rated
Crime, Drama, Thriller


Director: Augustin

Writers: Anthony Thorne, Kevin Barrett


Martin Sheen as Captain Richards
Mena Suvari as Jessica Dawson
Jesse Bradford as Mike Gallo
Lochlyn Munro as David Miles
Natasha Henstridge as Rebecca Miles
Haylie Duff as Brittany Gallo
Patrick Muldoon as Aaron Wilde
Aleks Paunovic as Samuel
Travis Milne as Jacob
Chelsea Baker as Screaming Girl

Review by Stephen M.

Badge of Honor follows a internal affairs investigation into the shooting death of a teenager by a police officer by a rookie auditor Jessica Dawson (Mena Suvari).  The film while good does nothing to stand itself out from the plethora of cop dramas in which cover ups nowadays can hit a certain nerve with the public.  Average acting by Mena better known for her younger days in the comedy American Pie, along with the rest of the cast makes the film none too memorable.

The plot itself is not too bad if it didn't have so many holes with the beginning premise stemming from the shooting of the child.  And as Jessica picks apart the story of the two cops involved, so do the viewers and there isn't much sympathy toward the victims and players in the chess game  of good cop, bad cop and thugs.  Martin Sheen's steady performance as well as that by Jesse Bradford are probably the two highlights of the film, but not worth rushing to see the film just for them.

Overall, I would recommend this as a Netflix watch or a rental.  It's not horribly bad, but also not incredibly great either.  There is just not enough in the film that stands out to make this worth paying full price for the DVD or watching multiple times.  The film could have been streamlined with less side plots and characters and make for a great television episode of say Blue Bloods than a full feature film.
Rating: 2.0 Stars out of 5 Stars

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