Collusions is a 2018 suspense-thriller directed by Richard LeMay that stars Tom Everett Scott, Steven Culp, and Jamison Jones in lead roles. The movie features a captivating plot that revolves around a detective's investigation of a complex web of interlocking cases involving a corrupt police department and a drug-dealing syndicate.
The movie starts with Detective Jack Pearce (Tom Everett Scott) returning to his hometown of Philadelphia after spending years in New York City. Jack is assigned to head an investigation into a drug trafficking ring that appears to be linked with a string of unsolved murders in the city. Initially, Jack isn't too pleased with his reassignment but begins to dig into the case with renewed vigor as he uncovers further evidence of a more significant conspiracy at play.
As Jack delves deeper into the case, he realizes that the corruption in the police department may be more profound than he initially suspected. Steven Culp plays Commissioner Wright, who is ordering his officers to look the other way, whilst Jamison Jones plays Detective Frank Rizzo who appears to have his own agendas.
The central narrative of the movie is woven around the tensions between the three central characters. Steven Culp as the Commissioner is masterful - delivering a performance that encapsulates how power corrupts and manipulates. Tom Everett Scott also delivers a commendable performance as the determined detective, controlled by a strong sense of justice, but also carrying his own secrets.
The sense of paranoia and tension built within the movie is palpable as the detective, who is also struggling with his own personal demons, realizes that there are some people in his team who cannot be trusted. As the investigation progresses, Jack starts to notice the involvement of other prominent figures in the city, including a wealthy businessman and a prominent politician.
To add to the darkness of the movie, there is a multitude of violent, bloody scenes and gunfights, which only contribute to ratcheting the tension up a notch further. The director has also used camera angles and subtle background music to increase the intensity of the sequences, making it a visual treat to watch.
Collusions is a movie that refuses to offer easy answers, with LeMay instead opting to let the story play out and leave some of the questions unanswered. While this may be frustrating for some viewers, it ultimately adds to the movie's tense, shadowy atmosphere. The ending of the movie, in particular, is open to interpretation, leaving the viewer to draw their conclusions.
One of the standout aspects of the movie is how well it manages to convey the corruption in law enforcement and how those who are supposed to protect people can be fully corrupt. Furthermore, Collusions is not just another crime thriller with car chase sequences, but an intelligent movie dealing with some tough moral and ethical dilemmas.
The only downside to the film is that it moves at a rather slow pace, with the story taking a while to unravel, and not all the twists and turns are equally impactful. The charactersâ motivations may take some digging to understand. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing and reflects the complexity of the web of interlocking cases being investigated by the detective.
Overall, Collusions is a well-acted, brilliantly directed movie that stays with the viewer long after the credits have rolled. With its shades of grey morality, tense atmosphere, and some stunningly crafted scenes of violence, it's a worthwhile watch for anyone who loves a crime-thriller.
Collusions is a 2018 crime movie. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5.