Jack Reed: One of Our Own (1995) (aka: Deadly Justice) starring Brian Dennehy, Charles S. Dutton, Susan Ruttan, Kevin Dunn, Suki Kaiser directed by Brian Dennehy Movie Review

Jack Reed: One of Our Own (1995)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Brian Dennehy in Jack Reed: One of Our Own (1995)

Getting Equal

Life is pretty normal for Sgt. Jack Reed (Brian Dennehy); home life is chaotic as ever with his children growing up and there is still plenty of trouble on the streets for him and Lt. Charles Silvera (Charles S. Dutton) to clean up as well as crimes to solve. When a colleague is killed after attending a call out to an attempt on a young woman's life Jack takes over the case but in doing so puts his and his families life in danger when he discovers a connection to civil hall whilst keeping the woman safe living with his family.

I reckon what ever the city it is where Sgt. Jack Reed goes about his business the main criminals are in politics as it seems every case he is involved in has ties back to one politician or another. That does make "Jack Reed: One of Our Own" a little too familiar as it has a similar flavour to what we had seen in previous movies yet if you enjoyed those previous Jack Reed movies then the chances are "Jack Reed: One of Our Own" will entertain just as much with Brian Dennehy both solid in front as well as behind the camera as director.

Now the interesting thing about "Jack Reed: One of Our Own" is the early emotional aspect as Jack is watching his son at the shooting gallery and misses the call which his partner picks up and answers. When Jack receives word of his partner being killed he not only abandons his son at the gallery but when he shows up at the hospital the look he gets from the other cops really lays the blame on thick which is then slammed home by his partner's angry and upset father. That scene is the best it gets in the movie and provides the motive for Jack's actions from taking in the woman whose life was threatened to not stopping till he gets his man.

As I mentioned Dennehy also directs this entry in the Jack Reed series and like his acting it is solid with the occasional stand out moment. A scene involving Silvera in a basement looking for a bad guy is in one way cliche but also effective with a nice bit of dramatic flare. It is the same with Dutton as it is a solid performance with the occasional standout scene but Dutton and Dennehy work so well together that you can believe they are old buddies.

What this all boils down to is that "Jack Reed: One of Our Own" is in truth just another Jack Reed movie where are fearless cop doesn't back down under pressure. But this time it is more personal and that makes it at least a little bit interesting.