If you like Collateral's glimpse of LA's smog-smeared, neon-lit underbelly, then check this out. French Connection director William Friedkin takes a clichéd premise - headstrong maverick out for revenge after the murder of his partner - and turns it into a stylised, amoral pinball through the City of
Ignore the electro-pop soundtrack and revel in the untidy nastiness of it all, as William Petersen's morality-free, adrenaline-junky treasury agent sets out to bring down Willem Dafoe's psychotic forger.
Cameos from JohnTurturro, Dean Stockwell, Robert Downey's dad and even Jane Leeves (Daphne from TV's Fraser) are slotted in amongst strip clubs, snitches, shootings and car chases. But the insanely intense background detail only serves to lift Friedkin's trademark doc-style foreground action to new heights, especially as To Live And Die jolts to that true thriller rarity: a genuinely shocking ending.