Stories of bent cops are more and more commonplace, both in the media and, unfortunately, in reality.
What is slightly less common are stories about the bent conscience of the corrupted men and women, a conscience ready to break under the weight of their guilt and the pressure surrounding them.
Brenda, Audrey Noone (“Paragods (TV)”, “Bostonian”) and her work partner Michael, Justin Thibault (“Delusion”, “A Life Not To Follow”) are two police officers who’ve already abused their power plenty of times.
After barging into a drug dealer’s, Anthony Gaudette (“Eyes”, “Testing (TV)”) apartment to arrest him (and take his drugs to re-sell), Brenda kills the man and Michael shoots the dealer’s girlfriend, Sheri Lee (“Paragods (TV)”, “How To Kill A Zombie”) who arrives unannounced.
These murders shake Brenda a little more than usual, pushing her to seek help from her colleague L.T. Carmichael, Chris Fisher (“Paragods (TV)”, “Turtle Boy (Short)”), while Inspector Camp, Marc Powers (“Blood Painting”, “Among Wolves”) and a cop of Internal Affairs, Kris Salvi (“Stealth Edge”, “The Astonishing”), are determined to use Brenda’s vulnerability to catch Michael, the ringleader of these operations.
Chris Esper’s (“Undatement Centre (Short)”, “Steak Knives (Short)”) short film follows a very classic structure, treading on familiar ground and using many clichés, but it also brings with it a theme that hasn’t been explored that much in the thriller/film noir canon: the guilty conscience of the protagonist (wonderfully played by Audrey Noone who makes us feel all the characters’ emotions through her eyes) within a system that is more complex and corrupted than first appeared.