Fine performance from Pacino
- Serpico review by RP
Based on the real life story of Frank Serpico who exposed corruption in the New York police department, Al Pacino plays the central character with an outstanding performance. It's a long film and Pacino is rarely off screen and plays the part with commitment, as if he had immersed himself in the character. It's fairly slow moving, so if you're looking for a shoot-em-up cop movie then you'll have to look elsewhere. But if you want to see an intense performance and a film very much of its time, then watch this. The clothes, hairstyles, attitudes, smoking, parties etc are very much of the 1960s / early 1970s and perhaps we have since become inured to tales of police corruption, but at the time it was quite an unusual subject. While rooted very much in that period it still rings true today. Recommended – 4/5 stars.
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