Hollywood Homicide Movie Review
Harrison Ford searches for his first hit in years and Josh Hartnett looks to continue his streak of mild blockbusters in Hollywood Homicide, a quirky action-comedy buddy cop film that has a little bit of everything, but not necessarily enough to appeal to broad audiences.
Ford, one of Hollywood's leading men, is in one of those slumps that a good action film will cure very quickly. People refused to see him try (and fail at) a Russian accent in K-19: The Widowmaker, even though the movie wasn't all too bad, which makes his last genuine hit as 2000's What Lies Beneath. Three years is a long time to go stagnant.
Hartnett, on the other hand, has enjoyed a string of successes ranging from cheesy teen comedies like 40 Days and 40 Nights to serious war dramas like Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor.
Together, the formula is supposed to be young plus old equals summertime hit, but while Hollywood Homicide is moderately entertaining, it lacks the goods to be anything but decent.
Hollywood Homicide is about two Hollywood cops who both have jobs on the side: Ford is also a real estate agent, and Hartnett is a yoga instructor. Ford hasn't sold a house in years, while Hartnett is making the big dollars and getting laid every night. Even when a rising rap group is murdered on stage, the two cops continue to work their other jobs. Nevertheless, they are investigating, and their investigation leads to a ruthless music producer who seemingly will do anything for an extra buck. Throw in a little police corruption and you have a good movie, right?
Wrong, at least somewhat. Hollywood Homicide is enjoyable from beginning to end, but it is on the cusp of being dull. The story is clever and the dialogue is realistic, but there is nothing exceptional about the script that ever really makes the audience laugh. The film does has it moments that draw some muffled laughs, and the consistent light-heartedness of the two main characters, even in the face of danger, is pretty entertaining, but Hollywood Homicide barely seems like a comedy at times.
It also doesn't seem like an action movie, either. In fact, there is no action for ninety percent of the film; however, the climax of the movie entails an extremely exciting and lengthy car chase scene down Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood Homicide is goofy without being really funny, and depending on people's preferences, that may or may not be enough to get them through the movie. It is fun to watch, but at times borders on just being stupid. Nevertheless, the final twenty minutes will satisfy most action cravings.
Hollywood Homicide is a decent movie, but may make a better rental than anything else.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.