Moral ambiguity that has plagued America since the 1960s is given a harrowing probe in this tale of undercover narcs who succumb to the temptation in their midst. Head-swiveling directorial debut of Lili Fini Zanuck lays out a tough masculine scenario [based on Kim Wozencraft’s book] in a way that is always emotionally riveting.
A bearded Jason Patric stars as Jim, an earthy, direct, Texas narcotics cop who sees a spark in rookie Kristen (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a fresh-scrubbed comer who’s serious about making a difference. Kristen soon finds Jim has a disturbing way of getting too involved in his work.
Kirsten tries to draw the line, but she’s already too emotionally involved with Jim, who’s become her lover, and the strange, secret and intoxicating rituals of drug buys and the underworld.
Set in the early 1970s, when America was struggling to reinvent itself after the shattering events of the 1960s, pic depicts a culture in which morality is one big gray area. Rush benefits from outstanding lead performances and an uncannily accurate picture of its time and place.