Three detectives with very different agenda and motives unite to investigate the shooting death of an off duty cop, uncovering corruption and a conspiracy to take over organised crime.
L.A. Confidential is set within the dichotomy that is Hollywood’s surface glamour and underlying seediness, all of which is lapped up by the salacious media in the form of sleazy paparazzo Danny DeVito. Russell Crowe was the perfect casting choice for Bud White, a strong armed “detective” who is used as a mindless battering ram by his superiors but wants to become something more and Guy Pearce is similarly excellent as the straight arrow cop who is despised by his peers but consumed with ambition. The happy ending feels a little tacked on, but otherwise the entire cast is pretty much flawless and as the multi-layered plot unfolds it grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go.
Throw in a wonderful sense of period, brilliantly oppressive soundtrack and smart, hard boiled dialogue and it makes for a superb revisitation of the classic Film Noirs of the 1940’s and 1950’s and ranks as one of the very best films of the 1990’s.