Narc is a police
thriller with disgraced cop Nick Tellis (Jason Patric) and Lt. Harry Oak
(Ray Liotta) trying to find out who killed Oak’s former partner, an
undercover narc, like Tellis. In
so doing, they traffic in the dregs of society.
The locales are dirty, disgusting slums.
They find decaying bodies. Stabbings
Joe Carnahan seemingly can’t put a complete sentence together without
using the “f” word. Everyone
uses it. The film is further
damaged by artsy cinematography, dim lighting, lots of extreme close-ups,
jumpy cinema vérité, and the camera panning across writing, word by
word, plus a soundtrack that often renders the dialogue hard to
understand. Adding to these
is a script that’s difficult to follow.
That said, the acting is masterful.
It’s got a lot of action and the story is sufficiently complex so
that you probably won’t figure it out.
Maybe this is an
accurate reflection of the way things are, but it’s not the way I want
to be entertained. This is a
dark, depressing, excessively violent, profusely profane film, not for the
squeamish or anyone who likes elevating entertainment.