Hollywood Homicide

     Hollywood Homicide, in the simplest of terms, was a whole lot of actor chemistry and only a little substance.  Starring Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, and directed by Ron Shelton, Hollywood Homicide brings all of the shoot-outs and car chases from a good police movie and couples that with the comedy the Ford and Hartnett bring to the table.  That mix is more than enough to compensate for the lack of good plot.

     The film is about two LAPD homicide detectives (Ford and Hartnett) are assigned to the murder of an up and coming rap group.  Ford plays Sgt. Joe Galivan, a hard up for money detective who sells real estate on the side.  Well, attempts to sell real estate.  He is also hounded by an Internal Affairs agent who has a vendetta against him.  Hartnett is Det. K.C. Calden.  Calden is Galivan’s partner and yoga instructor with dreams of being an actor.

     Ford, as always, brings his own style to the table.  No matter what role he plays, Ford manages to be hilarious and charming.  As he ages, he still retains the Han Solo charm.  Hartnett is simply reprises his role as the young ladies man, which nobody can deny is his niche.  He’s witty and sarcastic and you just can’t help but love him.  Together, they have a surprisingly good chemistry that allows for great dialog and subtly funny interactions.  Interactions that manage to be one of the two things to make this a salvagable movie.

     Now, there is no shortage of car chases and police shootings in Hollywood Homicide.  Whether shooting up a club with fully-automatic weapons to kill rappers is your thing, or a police chase with a Mustang Saleen, this movie has it.  But, when all the smoke has cleared and the bullets have stopped whizzing over head, you are just left with a pretty standard set of police action scenes.

     This movie had a lot of potential, which could have been realized with just a little thinking outside the box.  This movie was pretty cut and dry, even with a couple of great characters with a great relationship.  My suggestion?  This is a watch, not a must watch.  I enjoyed it, even with all of its flaws.  If you’re a Ford or a Hartnett fan, you can still definately find enough entertainment value to order it from Netflix.  If not, watch it anyway. It’s clean enough to watch in front of the kids and I promise you at least a chuckle or two.

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