CITY OF LIES
Based on Randall Sullivan’s best-selling book ‘Labyrinth’ a detective investigates the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. and with this the implications of Death Row Records’ and the origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal, which was first serialised in Rolling Stone magazine.
The film is set in the mid-1990s where Los Angeles is rife with crime, poverty and racism. Detective Russell Poole, played by Jonny Depp, is a straight-shooting detective, who is assigned to investigate a cop-on-cop shooting and stumbles upon a web of corruption woven into the fabric of the department. As he delves deeper into the mire of scandal and deception, he is met with increasing resistance from his superiors and frozen out by his fellow officers.
Poole then uncovers damning evidence that certain officers in the department were moonlighting for Death Row Records. When he manages the task force assigned to the Notorious B.I.G.’s murder, he uncovers further evidence that these same men were linked to the murders. In the ensuing case Poole uncovers ignites a firestorm of controversy which prompts two lawsuits against the LAPD.
Forest Whitaker plays a journalist also seeking to uncover the truth about the murders both taken place in 1997, Tupac was shot in Las Vegas and Biggy in LA shortly after.
CITY OF LIES