Freelancers (2012)

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The son of a slain NYPD officer joins the force, where he falls in with his father's former partner and a team of rogue cops. His new boss, Sarcone, will see if he has what it takes to be rogue through many trials and tribulations of loyalty, trust and respect. When the truth about his father's death is revealed revenge takes him over and he won't stop until justice has been truly served.

"Freelancers" is a 2012 American crime-drama film directed by Jessy Terrero, including an ensemble cast led by 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, and Robert De Niro. The film is set in the underworld of New York City, taking audiences into dark alleys of corruption and criminal activity within the authorities department.

Plot Summary
The film has to do with the life of a young man named Malo (50 Cent), the child of a killed NYPD officer. Pledging to follow in his dad's steps, Malo becomes a cop but quickly discovers the dark and dirty side of the law enforcement system. Malo's dad's previous partner, Detective Sarcone (Robert De Niro), takes him under his wing and screens him into a secretive fraternity of corrupt polices known as "The Precinct".

Malo is initially hesitant, however his aspiration and desire to honor his dad's memory urge him to take the chance. He starts to take part in questionable operations which include enforcing protection rackets, planting proof, and utilizing extreme force to daunt suspects. While Sarcone provides Malo the possibility to find out the ropes, he also ensures Malo ends up being knotted in a web of deceit and manipulation.

Character Development and Conflict
Throughout the story, Malo's inner battle becomes obvious. While he feels a sense of commitment towards Sarcone, he also develops a relationship with another detective, Joe Sarcone's right-hand guy, Agent LaRue (Forest Whitaker). LaRue fights with his own demons and sticks to a various ethical compass. This relationship worsens Malo's moral conflict, pressing him deeper into the world of corruption while challenging his principles.

Malo soon understands that Sarcone and his crew were the people accountable for his father's death. This stunning revelation fuels Malo's determination to bring them down at any expense. His mission for redemption and justice shapes the climactic turn of events.

In the end, Malo outmaneuvers Sarcone and his corrupt crew, bringing them to justice. He successfully uncovers and exposes their substantial criminal network to the remainder of the department. The film concludes with Malo emerging as a hero, avenging his daddy's death and echoing the movie's underlying themes of responsibility, honor, and redemption.

Crucial Reception
"Freelancers" provides a raw and edgy representation of cops corruption, power characteristics, and the thin line between right and wrong. The performances by 50 Cent, Robert De Niro, and Forest Whitaker have actually been acclaimed, as they bring credibility and depth to their characters.

The film has faced criticism for its somewhat foreseeable story and the lack of creativity. However, it has been praised for its strong performances and its gripping expedition of the underworld of crime and corruption within the New York City Police Department.

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