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      In Too Deep

      1999, Crime/Drama, 1h 44m

      57 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      This shallow police film doesn't establish any kind of rhythm. Read critic reviews

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      Drug lord Dwayne Gittens (LL Cool J) rules Cincinnati with an iron fist. No wonder he's known as "God" on the streets. Determined to break Gittens' stranglehold on the city is undercover cop Jeffrey Cole (Omar Epps). Supporting him in the difficult task ahead is his girlfriend (Nia Long) and his tough-as-nails commander (Stanley Tucci). But as Cole takes on an assumed identity to penetrate Gittens' criminal empire, he makes a disturbing discovery -- he kind of likes being a gangster.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Crime, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Michael Rymer

      • Producer: Paul Aaron, Michael Henry Brown

      • Writer: Michael Henry Brown, Paul Aaron

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $14.0M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Buena Vista International [us], Miramax Films, Film Effects Inc. [ca], Bac Films, L.A. Mad Dogs

      • Production Co: Miramax Films, Suntaur Entertainment Company, Dimension Films

      • Sound Mix: SDDS, Dolby SRD

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.37:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Omar Epps
      LL Cool J
      Stanley Tucci
      Pam Grier
      Jake Weber
      Nas
      Mýa
      Ron Canada
      Don Carmody
      Jeremy Kramer
      Amy Slotnick
      Bob Weinstein
      Harvey Weinstein
      R. Kelly
      Jermaine Dupri
      Method Man
      Christopher Young
      Ellery Ryan
      Dany Cooper
      Dan Leigh
      Ken Watkins
      Shawn Barton

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      • Feb 22, 2009

        Because this movie takes place in Cinncinnatti and I am from Ohio and about to finish up my degree in Criminal Justice I could be a little bias in this review... But in my opinion it was a five star movie. Omar Epps does an amazing job at his emotionally conflicted role as an under-cover cop and LL Cool J Surprisenly pulls off an amazing performance as "God" a major drug lord pushing an 11million dollar crack trade. Inspired by a true story, this movie captures the emotions of those who must of been conflicted in the real life event, as well as captures what people involved in drug trade, good evil or bystander, see's and goes through on a day-to-day base. What is even better about this film is it's not your typical crime movie. It's more so about the life of an under-cover cop and the struggles to keep there personal life and there undercover persona seperated. Sometimes when a man is undercover so long it's easy to lose your way and believe that you are the personality you play on the street, and Omar Epps, captures that perfectly. I apersonally was also especially refreashed by the fact that this took place in Ohio, a different scene than the same old "New York, LA, Miami" that we have seen in at least a thousand movies now. It's a great new setting, for an unpredictable, action packed, and emotional criminal drama. It passes in all areas!

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      • Sep 24, 2008

        This is the only ll cool movie i will watch plus my baby mama Nia long is in it

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      • Apr 27, 2008

        It's as bad as you think.

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      • Jun 06, 2007

        Action is a genre that is known for being way out there in terms of realism, with ridiculous special effects, shotty dialouge, and bad acting. Seldom is an action movie really focused on the story, instead it's always about the man who can do the impossible. In Too Deep was different though because it was based on a true story and there really weren't any expensive special effects. In this film, Omar Epps plays a rookie, undercover cop, whose first small assignment actually leads him into the number one crime syndicate in all of Cincinnati. The inexperienced cop uses his urban upbringing and street smarts to get him to the top, where he really has to decide which side he wants to be on. In Too Deep featured a great, real life story, that was on the level, I really enjoyed this film. On top of that Epps and LL Cool J were terrific opposing each other and giving strong performances. What I didn't care for was the blatant racism from Director Michael Rymer. Everything was very well done, but it is very obvious that the Writer/Director of this film was white, while the majority of the cast was black. What I witnessed was a film where all the people in charge were white, all the thugs were black, but it didn't end there. The white people spoke eloquently, while even the black officers and other non-affiliated cast members all spoke street. Every person from the rookie cops aging father to the man who ran the convenience store were dropping F bombs left and right, adding man to every other word, and constantly saying the N word. I understand the point of this movie was to be real, but part of that realism was that this gang had never been infiltrated because of how smart they were. Instead of being portrayed as smooth and savvy, the leaders of the gang were portrayed as ignorant thugs and that really takes away from the film.

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