Third World Cop

on April 14, 2000 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
   From the people behind the energetic 1997 Jamaican hit "Dancehall Queen" comes "Third World Cop," a lifeless drama set in the crime-ridden slums of Kingston, Jamaica. Maverick, violent cop Capone (Paul Campbell) has been transferred to his hometown and promptly sets out to revisit his old cronies and find out what's happening in the street. He bumps into Ratty (Mark Danvers), the brother of a deceased friend, who is working for the local crime boss. Inevitably, the two have to confront each other, with predictable, tragic results. Other than the still cinematically underused Jamaican setting, there's little that is fresh about "Third World Cop."
   There's a good performance by Danvers as a man who can't see his way onto the straight and narrow and a hint of complexity in the ambivalent response of the locals to the police, but "Third World Cop" rarely surmounts its cliches.    Starring Paul Campbell, Mark Danvers and Audrey Reid. Directed by Chris Browne. Written by Suzanne Fenn, Chris Browne and Chris Salewicz. Produced by Carolyn Pfeiffer Bradshaw. A Palm release. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 98 min.
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