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"When you pound this beat, it pounds you back."
  • R
  • 1990
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 5.7  (2,149)

Downtown is a 1990 action film starring Anthony Edwards, Forest Whitaker, and Penelope Ann Miller. It was directed by Richard Benjamin and written by Nat Mauldin. The film follows the story of Alex Kearney (Anthony Edwards), a police officer who is suspended from duty after a drug bust goes wrong. Despite being off the force, Alex finds himself embroiled in a dangerous situation when he witnesses a murder committed by a group of corrupt cops. With the help of a homeless man named Beal (Forest Whitaker) and a waitress named Lori (Penelope Ann Miller), Alex sets out to expose the corrupt cops and clear his name.

The film takes place in the seedy underworld of downtown Los Angeles and features a number of gritty, violent action scenes. Edwards' character is a classic "good cop" archetype, determined to take down the bad guys no matter the personal cost. Whitaker's Beal is an eccentric but likable character, providing some lighthearted comic relief amidst the tense action sequences. And Miller's Lori serves as Alex's love interest and provides additional support as he tries to clear his name.

The corrupt cops are led by Captain Moreno (David Clennon), a ruthless and cunning criminal who will stop at nothing to protect his illegal activities. He is aided by a group of trigger-happy henchmen who are willing to kill anyone who gets in their way. The film's action sequences are well choreographed and feature a number of intense shootouts and car chases.

Despite the film's gritty subject matter and violent action, Downtown also explores themes of police corruption and morality. Alex is forced to wrestle with his own sense of right and wrong as he tries to do what is best for his community and himself. And the film's portrayal of Beal as a homeless man who is still able to make a positive difference in the world serves as a powerful reminder of the potential for good in all people, regardless of their circumstances.

Overall, Downtown is a solid action film and an interesting exploration of morality and corruption within the police force. The performances from the film's leads are strong, with Edwards, Whitaker, and Miller all turning in nuanced and engaging performances. The action sequences are well executed and provide plenty of thrills for fans of the genre. And the film's exploration of deeper themes adds a layer of complexity that sets it apart from more typical action fare.

Downtown is a 1990 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.

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    5.7  (2,149)