A TELEVISION REVIEW
Michael Manns RHD [Robbery Homicide Division]
Season Opener Sept.
RHD stars Tom Sizemore as Sam Cole an LAPD Lieutenant who
has the daunting task of deciphering the vicious acts of high-level drug-dealers,
money-launderers, corrupt cops and the many minions of such crooks who
are never what they seem to be.
Michael Manns return to TV- he is famous/notorious for MIAMI VICE
and CRIME STORY - is a superlative whodunit-police procedural wherein
you can see the cast actually THINK and FEEL HUNCHES and know when to
NOT intimidate suspects and punch their macho insecurities into overdrive.
Sam Cole never oversteps the mark in his interrogations of truly sociopathic
perps. In this role Sizemore as scenes with a cop on the take played by
Mario von Peebles that ring as authentic as a steeple bell on a clear
RHDs first episode was so intricate that you had to watch and weigh
every move by the law enforcers and the law breakers. It is an exhilarating
show that looks and sounds like a full-force theatrical movie. An exemplary
exercise in ubercool style superimposed upon overly familiar subject-matter
explored cleverly for its subtext.
© Alex Grant Ocotber 2002
< Reply to this Article