One Good Cop

December 27, 2005 - Between Batman and Batman Returns, Michael Keaton found time to star in this 1991 drama, which also features Rene Russo, Anthony LaPaglia and a very young Benjamin Bratt.

Keaton plays Artie Lewis, an NYPD detective married to Rene Russo. LaPaglia is his partner, a widower with three young daughters. One day, during a standoff with a drug fiend, Steve is killed. Artie becomes legal guardian to his three daughters and vows to take down the drug kingpin he blames for Steve's death.

Overall review: ** Seems to me that I saw this movie several years ago and liked it. But, seeing it again, I'm not so impressed. It's pretty good for about the first 20 minutes, up until Steve dies. After that, the movie can't decide whether it wants to be a story about vengeance or a story about a cop raising his partner's kids. It tries to be both and it doesn't work.