Run time: 95 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 25th August 1999
Box Office Worldwide: $14M
Distributed by: Dimension Films
Production compaines: Suntaur Entertainment Company
Contactmusic.com: 1 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
Fresh: 20 Rotten: 35
IMDB: 6.1 / 10
Director: Michael Rymer
Starring: Omar Epps as Jeff Cole / J. Reid, LL Cool J as Dwayne Gittens / God, Nia Long as Myra, Stanley Tucci as Preston D'Ambrosio, Hill Harper as Breezy T., Jake Weber as Daniel Connelly, Pam Grier as Det. Angela Wilson, Richard Brooks as Wesley, David Patrick Kelly as Rick Scott, Hassan Johnson as Latique
Jeff Collins (Omar Epps) is a recent Police Academy graduate. His first assignment is to infiltrate the city's largest narcotics ring and take down druglord Dwayne "God" Giddens (LL Cool J). In order to get close enough to God and make an arrest, Collins [alter ego J. Reed] is forced to plunge further and further into criminal activity himself. Clashes with the Captain (Stanley Tucci) over crossing the line between effective undercover work and unjustifiable violence, and a love affair (Nia Long), are mandatory sub-plots in the formulaic script. Every element of the story is underdeveloped and flat, none providing additional value or even distraction. It's too bad that Omar Epps' solid performance is buried almost as deeply as the pool queue God uses to torture a victim during one of his outbreaks.
In Too Deep comes up short merely if you're looking for a decently graphic slice of the gangsta variety. Expect nothing except a test of how long your patience lasts before the overwhelming banality of this film causes you to reach for the eject button.
But not deep enough.