In Too Deep

on August 27, 1999 by Dwayne E. Leslie
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   With hopes of making the streets safer, rookie detective Jeffrey Cole ("The Mod Squad's" Omar Epps) joins an undercover team and busts a few drug dealers. Thinking he is ready for the big league, Cole takes on a virtually uncrackable case in which he has to single-handedly infiltrate the biggest gang in town, find out who supplies their drugs, and take out its leader, God ("Deep Blue Sea's" LL Cool J). In trying to win the trust of the gang, he is thrust head-first into a world of corruption, torture, lost loves and twisted values. Being a cop with a conscience, Cole finds it extremely difficult to stand by and do nothing to protect the gang's victims, but this empathy begins to fade away as he gets more deeply involved and the thin line between what's right and wrong become blurred.
   "In Too Deep" barely scratches the surface. Although it is based on a true story, the subject matter has been covered too many times to care, and the by-the-book plot plods along to an anti-climatic finish. Starring Omar Epps, LL Cool J and Stanley Tucci. Directed by Michael Rymer. Written by Michael Henry Brown & Paul Aaron. Produced by Paul Aaron & Michael Henry Brown. A Miramax release. Action/Thriller. Rated R for brutal violence, strong sexuality, language and drug content. Running time: 104 min
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