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City Limits

Attempting to resurrect the glory days of Italian police thrillers, helmer-scribe Andrea Costantini takes all the elements of a good cop show and then overloads them with jittery angst. "City Limits" tries hard to give its seven protags psychological depth, but too many hang-ups don't translate into audience sympathy.

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With: Elisabetta Cavallotti, Edoardo Leo, Rolando Ravello, Luca Ward, Giorgio Colangeli, Simone Colombari, Andrea Rivera.

Attempting to resurrect the glory days of Italian police thrillers, helmer-scribe Andrea Costantini takes all the elements of a good cop show and then overloads them with jittery angst. “City Limits” tries hard to give its seven protags psychological depth, but too many hang-ups don’t translate into audience sympathy. Instead, the feel is of being dropped into a cop series well into its run: There’s no vested interest in these people, and the action’s not strong enough to hold interest. Mediocre reviews didn’t help the small release in late April.

Commissioner Chessari (Giorgio Colangeli) gets assigned a motley group of detectives to assist in various sting operations on the periphery of Rome. His number two is Lorenzo (Edoardo Leo), fresh out of the academy and gung-ho to battle the forces of evil in the name of the law. Fellow cops Lattanzi (Luca Ward) and Ben (Andrea Rivera) are less pure in motivation, while sole femme Francesca (Elisabetta Cavallotti) has to prove herself to the boys. Costantini’s style (mostly steadicam work) wears its TV roots heavily, and the city itself shows no character at all.

City Limits

Italy

Production: A Pablo release of a Gianluca Arcopinti presentation of a Shooting Stars production. (International sales: Variety Film Corp., Rome.) Produced, directed, written by Andrea Costantini.

Crew: Camera (color), Daniele Massaccesi; editor, Patrizia Ceresani; music, the Dining Room (Stefano Ghittoni, Cesare Malfatti); production designer, Alessandro Vannucci; costume designer, Sonoo Mishra. Reviewed at Cinema Quattro Fontane, Rome, May 19, 2004. Running time: 107 MIN.

With: With: Elisabetta Cavallotti, Edoardo Leo, Rolando Ravello, Luca Ward, Giorgio Colangeli, Simone Colombari, Andrea Rivera.

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