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'The Badge' DVD Review (AKA 'Behind the Badge') ** 081305
The Work = **
Frankly, outside of a few scenes the movie is just not compelling. There are a few funny moments, a few dramatic moments and the rest is just filler. There is a homicide in Hardwick’s town and right from the get go things are not quite right. Hardwick does not seem like that great a sheriff. He is what one might call “a good ‘ol boy.” When there is a car accident involving a tractor-trailer tuck carrying shoes he has just about everyone in town come by and pick up a “free” pair.
Another police officer wants Hardwick off the case and wants to bring in Federal authorities. He is talked out of that by a local judge. It seems the negative publicity is not something the small town wants. Better to have an inept sheriff quietly close the case and keep it out of the medias attention so the town can go ahead with its plans to open up a casino. There are plot twists and hidden pasts which I won’t reveal that come out with the case but as I have mentioned for the most part none of it is very compelling.
None of the actors do a bad job but they don’t do anything really amazing either. Only Arquette seems to be genuinely in to the material and gives a pretty dramatic performance. The direction and the story are both pretty flat for the most part and occasionally pretty bad. There were a few sequences of Hardwick driving that seemed like they were in the movie just to bad out the running time.
It is the shame 'The Badge' is not a better film because it almost seems like the ingredients for a good film are hidden in the film’s body. The actors are there and so are the locations. The small town mystery leading back to larger crimes has been done before but can be compelling. It is also too bad because here Thornton gets to play the hero (which I think suites him well although he rarely seems to pick those types of roles.)
DVD = ***
All Together = **
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