After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and unofficial patrol, and spends a lot of time discussing the couple's problems with the wife. The husband begins wondering if they're getting too much help.
|Release Date||:||June 26, 1992|
|Production Company||:||20th Century Fox, Largo Entertainment, JVC Entertainment Networks|
|Production Countries||:||Japan, United States of America|
|Writers||:||George Putnam, John Katchmer|
|Casts||:||Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta, Madeleine Stowe, Roger E. Mosley, Ken Lerner, Deborah Offner, Carmen Argenziano, Andy Romano, Sonny Carl Davis, Sherrie Rose, Lynn Eastman-Rossi, Dick Miller, Bob Minor, Djimon Hounsou, Richard Narita, Charles David Richards, Dino Anello, Harry Northup, Tony Longo, Nora Heflin, Rob Steinberg, Robert Costanzo, Bill E. Rogers, Victor Brandt|
|Plot Keywords||:||corruption, prostitute, sex, jealousy, fight, nightclub, nudity, police, stalker, murder, suspense, escape, lawyer, los angeles, motorcycle, violence, drug, anger, death, argument, alarm, psycho, voyeur, neo-noir, abuse|
A sterling entry in the psycho-thriller genre, mainly thanks to Ray Liotta's performance as the manic cop. Rarely has Liotta been this good: he literally simmers with pent-up rage whenever you see him on-screen, delivering one of the best turns of his career as the frightening cop from hell. Sure, Liotta could be good elsewhere – who can forget his career-changing turn in Scorsese's GOODFELLAS? – but he'll be forever remembered for the kind of sweaty, crazy-eyed role he effortlessly portrays here.
Liotta's given solid support from Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe as the unwitting couple who find themselves caught up in a nightmare. This is the archetypal 'slow burner' of a plot, with everyday events and subtle hints and clues gradually building from an impressive climax, which makes use of plenty of clichés but nevertheless ticks all the right boxes. UNLAWFUL ENTRY is one of those thrillers that doesn't disappoint, and unlike PACIFIC HEIGHTS it isn't spoilt with dated attempts at style. Thumbs up.