There really wasn’t anything wrong with Robert Duvall’s or Rachel Ticotin’s performances, but the whole police side of the story is unnecessary and, quite frankly, uninteresting. None of it really serves to further the plot except for the one scene with D-Fens’ mother where we get a little more background on him. The audience doesn’t need to see how the police catch up with D-Fens, just that they do.
This is quite a radical edit in that Duvall's character only appears at the beginning and end of the film. The entire investigation into D-Fens is ignored which I can understand to provide an alternate viewing experience. As a by product the removal of Duvall's scenes means D-FENS moves around L.A at a frenetic rate, enjoyable (if a little fast paced for me). Editing was smoothly handled as far as i could tell from a casual watch, well worth a view for the uniniated as a streamlined version of a cracking flick. I would probably have interspersed a little more of the investigation into D-Fens into it personally but then I guess you end up with something very similar to the original movie which negates the need to edit in the first place Nice job Adabisi!
Jesus Christ I just watched 15 ½ hours of Star Wars fanedits. I need to watch Michael Douglas go fucking crazy.
*71 minutes later*
A/V Quality - 8
Editing - 10
Narrative - 8
Enjoyment - 10 (original 9)
Recommended drink: Raging Demon
Back before Joel Schumacher was putting nipples on Bat-Suits and apologizing for Mr. Freeze's bad puns (i don't care what anyone says, i love those bad puns) in a DVD commentary, he was making some pretty decent films, such as The Lost Boys and Falling Down. So i was mildly interested going into this fanedit.
I can understand the whole being sick of the “I’m-a-cop-and-today-is-the-last-day-before-I-retire-and-I-really-should-just-sit-behind-a-desk-like-everyone-tells-me-to-but-there’s-just-this-one-case-that-only-I-can-crack-so-I’m-going-to-investigate-it-and-in-the-process-rediscover-my-love-for-police work-and-maybe-I-won’t-retire-after-all” cliché, as Adabisi puts it. If anything, the joke character in comedies has become a cliché itself.
Overall, this edit is good and gets what the editor wanted across. But the fact that the original movie was meh (interesting, but meh) to begin with leaves little in this edit's favor. I kinda like the cop, because it broke the movie up with something that wasn't the "angry white man" for the entire movie. It also helps with the cop appearing at the end instead of making us think "Where did he come from? Thank god that specific cop was there"
All in all, i can't really recommend this edit, due to it not being "interesting" enough for an edit, but i have no complaints towards it, as it's both well edited and gets the point across.