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Evenhand
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by Dr Nick

"Quite amusing indie take on the buddy-cop movie"
3 stars

PREVIEW OF THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Reviewed from advance video copy). If good comedies are meant to make you laugh outloud on a regular basis, then Evenhand is not an especially good comedy. Sure, it makes you smile, even giggle occasionally, but as a whole there is just too much of.....errr....nothing......yup, nothing really happens.

Newly divorced officer Francis is a new cop in town. Together with his assigned partner, Officer Morning, they make up a bad cop/good cop duo. It's just that Morning isn't especially bad, he's just used to the town-folk and is tired of them wasting his time. Francis on the other hand, wants to follow police procedures at all times. Oooooh, you say. Room for some conflict? Well, not really. As the film slowly moves along, they gradually accept eachother's ways, never really arguing about these different approaches to police work. Together they fight petty crime, busting graffiti artists, harassing the local youths, deal with domestic abuse, unruly neighbours etc. They even do some male bonding, as Francis falls for the girl in the convenience store. It's all very light hearted and repetetive until the end when things go wrong and something actually happens. Hurray!.

I have very mixed feeling after watching Evenhand. I didn't especially like it, but I didn't especially dislike it either. It was good to see a cop comedy that tries to use more subtle, darker humour than the in-your-face-gross-out humour of films like Super Troopers and The Police Academy films. It's a shame it didn't really work for me. But, comedy is extremely subjective and you might all find it hilarious. I actually hope you do, cause it's a nice effort and the film deserves to be seen. There's alot worse stuff being made out there.

My main problem with the film was its pacing. For 80 minutes you expect something to happen, but it doesn't. Francis and Morning just go about their daily grind, again and again........and again. Which brings me to my last point, the ending....or should I say endings. I won't say what happens in the end, but the way it was structured was really weird. There was about five fade-outs where I got up and thought "that's it finished", but it just kept going. But, finally it does end and it's all very cute and sad at the same time.

Even if it's repetitive, it's still amusing enough to remain interesting for an hour and a half. There are definitely worse ways to spend an afternoon.

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originally posted: 07/15/03 10:21:20
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User Comments

8/06/10 Stanley Kurpowski One of the most realistic cop movies ever made. 5 stars
6/21/10 not a cop Greay movie, realistic and humorous 5 stars
5/10/08 kenny hagen As a police officer who played a part in the movie, I feel it was right on the money. 5 stars
8/07/07 Roger Tighe Great film, as an officer myself it was spot on. 5 stars
6/09/07 matt sandlin great movie i am a police officer and morning seems like a partner i would like to ride wth 5 stars
8/07/06 Elizabeth S Excellent! 5 stars
4/25/05 Aaron Ker I thought this was an awesome movie, a little low budget but still awesome worthy of buying 5 stars
7/10/04 Antonio Reyes The movie, excellent! Why a fictional city name? I grew up in San Antonio and now a cop. 5 stars
6/07/04 Brock Lamont Movie is a alternate universe of San Antonio. Same cop cars, same city 5 stars
3/11/04 Linda Wonderful film. 5 stars
3/10/04 Ann T. Thrilled when I see a great piece of work. 5 stars
1/30/04 Frank Longoria I'm a Tx. cop and enjoyed the film immensely. 5 stars
1/29/04 kenny hagen i'm a cop and some of played in this movie they did a great job 5 stars
1/26/04 Brad Gronau I am a police officer and this film is a fairly accurate portrayal of everyday patrol. 5 stars
12/31/03 Chris Collins Excellent film and well worth seeing. 4 stars
12/19/03 Dickey Joe Turner I just finished watching. I'm a cop...It was real. 4 stars
12/19/03 Adrian & Lezah Medrano the police have a tough job and this film seems to touch on the reality of there lives. 5 stars
7/08/03 Gus Lopez Great film 5 stars
6/23/03 amita balla awesome 5 stars
6/16/03 Bethany I liked the fatal flaw between Office Morning & Toby. Morning trys to save him- he cannot 4 stars
5/28/03 Amita Balla The Bill and Bill show rocks 5 stars
5/19/03 Neil Manning Could have been just caricatures, but actors and writing give the film real depth. 5 stars
4/19/03 Matthew Jansky Very well directed, avoids common low-bud pitfalls and cliches. 5 stars
4/01/03 rachel gumina i enjoyed every minute. connecting with these characters was smooth. excellent film. 5 stars
3/25/03 Eric Gulley A highly original film that succeeds by avoiding the standard narrative progression 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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