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When narcotics detective Eugene Mack McCanick (David Morse, THE GREEN MILE) discovers that Simon Weeks (Cory Monteith, "Glee") has been released from prison, he instigates a brutal manhunt, without permission from the Chief of Police (Ciaran Hinds, THERE WILL BE BLOOD). The frenzy of paranoia and violence that follows pushes Mack and his partner to the edge of the law. The closer Mack gets to his prey, the closer he gets to a secret from his past - one that only Weeks can expose.
"McCanick" tells the story of Eugene McCanick who is a bad cop and worse human being. When he arrives to work one morning he finds out Simon Weeks has been let out of jail and he is not very happy about it. His captain tells him to forget about Weeks and stay away from him but McCanick doesn't listen to his boss' order. He then spends the rest of the film chasing now friends of Weeks as he attempts to find him. There are flash back scenes in the film as well that shows us what happened before hand but it never explains why McCanick is so hell bent on finding weeks.
The film has a few action scenes but this is mostly a character driven crime drama which is fine because I like films like this. I also thought that David Morse and the late Cory Monteith both gave great performances in the film. The problem I had with the film was it spent most of its whole run time to get to the secret which caused McCanick to go so crazy over it only to be a let down. I am not going to spoil the film here but I thought the Simon had to really do something so bad to have this cop risk his life and career over but to me it really was not anything on the level of say murder.
I really wanted to love this film and it did start off well, the character development was great, it did a good job of keeping you in the dark and it was extremely well shot but the twist let the film down. I still recommend checking it out for the performances and it is the reason why I am giving the film an extra star but it could of been so much better.
The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray with Special Features that include:
Behind the Scenes
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Released by Well Go USA
*** Out Of *****