L.A. Confidential is a film noir set in Los Angeles of the 1950s. The story peeks at the shady connections between the police, the tabloid press, the drug network, the movie industry and the prostitution ring in the city. The principal heroes are three police officers of different shades: Guy Pearce is a rule-follower wanting to climb the ranks, Russell Crowe is highly temperamental and Kevin Spacey is after fame and glamour. Lest I forget there is Kim Basinger as a prostitute who charms the hearts of both Crowe and Pearce. A mysterious carnage at the Night Owl cafe and the hunt for the killers brings them together, inspite of their mutual hatred, and they discover a malaise in their department that runs deeper than they can fathom.
The movie could have very well been created by the hands of Frank Miller, it flows and looks veritably like Sin City. The plot is juicy, and is based on the book of the same name by James Ellroy. The main characters have all acted well, with a cast that includes Russell Crowe and Kevin Spacey, that is hardly surprising. But, especially notable is Guy Pearce, who I am not familiar with. Though quite long at 2+ hours, L.A. Confidential is an engaging dark fable.