Narc 2003 ***

Tom Cruise was the unlikely champion of writer/director Joe Carnahan’s tough thriller, which established him as a Hollywood player and led to Smokin’ Aces, The Grey and The A Team. Jason Patric plays undercover cop Nick Tellis who teams up with Henry Oak (Ray Liotta) to investigate, and the trail leads to a nasty-looking chop-shop which typifies Narc’s scuzzy approach. Carnahan best work has a Don Siegel feel, and Marc benefits from unconventional performances from Patric and Liotta, and an eye of the unpleasant details of an internal affairs investigation. An adult, no-holds-barred thriller, Narc holds the attention from its sizzling opening sequence onwards.


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