Raymond Avila (Garcia) works for the internal affairs division of the LAPD and has been assigned to investigate Dennis Peck (Gere), a corrupt officer. The two men circle each other, like hunter and prey, certain that each will take the other down. It's discovered that the stakes get more personal when Peck uses Avila's wife Kathleen (Nancy Travis), and his partner Amy (Laurie Metcalf), as a way to get him off the trail.
Figgis plays the movie like a boxing match as the two leads go head to head. Gere plays it Peck like a total scumbag. He's a smooth operator--who happens to have a God complex. He is so sure of himself that he's bold enough to have 4 wives and eight kids. But as horrible as the character is, he plays it so well that, despite that, he's also quite magnetic. Also, by now, Garcia has come into his own as an actor and is able to hold his own. Some of the script suffers a bit from a stale smell. Thankfully, Gere and Garcia keep your attention throughout the movie, to soften those issues.
The DVD may not have any extras, but it is overflowing with enough of everthing else--all in all--for me to recommend this film.
Why people are so drawn to this movie is beyond me. Maybe I missed something, but I don't think so. Sex played a vital role in the movie, and to me, there was nothing steamy about it. It just sizzled right out.
Gere and Garcia so obviously walked through their parts and they must have needed the money, because they were just jokes. Garcia was incredibly stiff. There was no emotion in his character until the end, and even then it was mild. Gere was awful as the "villain". He's obviously progressed immensely as an actor.
The directing was just plain bad. It seemed the actors didn't know what to do for moments in the movie. There were awkward silences and pauses that were either put into the film on purpose for some insane reason or the actors had nothing better to do.
Internal Affairs is a complete disaster with storybook qualities. Don't waste your time with this mess. 2 Stars