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Caught in the Crossfire (DVD Review)

8 Jul, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 7/13/10
$26.98 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for violence and language throughout.
Stars Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Chris Klein, Adam Rodriguez, Richard T. Jones, Christine Lakin, Michael Matthias, Lyle Kanouse.

Crooked cops have always been a favorite of Hollywood plots, notably in The Departed, Brooklyn’s Finest, Training Day and Pride and Glory, among others.

In the direct-to-video Caught in the Crossfire, the viewer from the start is plunged into a chaos of gang members and police officers shooting it out in an industrial backyard of Grand Rapids, Mich.

Detectives Briggs (Chris Klein, in a major step up from American Pie) and Shepherd (former “CSI: Miami” Latino beefcake Adam Rodriguez) are in the car transporting gang informant Tino (not much of a stretch/role for rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who also produced) when they come to the assistance of officers engaged in a shootout with local gang members.

With bullets flying, testosterone surging and profanity spewing, Tino is soon felled by a stray bullet (or two), with the last perpetrator also gunned down by police despite pleas from the detectives promising his safety if he surrenders.

Just another casualty on the mean streets of metropolitan U.S.A., right? Actually, Crossfire takes a welcome turn toward delivering an engaging whodunit with believable characters, strong performances and interesting twists.

Lone gripe: A behind-the-scenes featurette with goofing actors seemed out of sorts and a letdown after watching the gritty film.

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