Arguably, Sean Connery's finest performance ever - which was a surprise really, considering I hadn't heard of the movie. The film begins with an eerie scene of a child being rescued by Sean Connery & his police colleagues in a cold London suburb. At the outset one does figure that Connery - a heavy drinking, hot headed detective (Johnson) - would be the kind to track down the paedophile and tear his guts out. But the plot then sidesteps the viewer and violently turns inward into the tortured psyche of Detective Johnson. Easily the best of Sidney Lumet that I have seen thus far. Brilliant.
Rating: * * * +