Dead Heat (2002)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Release Date - Jul 23, 2002 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - Canada , Germany , United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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The cast is the reason to watch this modest-yet-suspenseful thriller as Kiefer Sutherland and Anthony LaPaglia steal the show. Their performances are well-shaped, convincing, darkly humorous, street-level characterizations that help overcome obvious holes in the well-intended story. While the film is scaled down, the production values -- particularly the action set pieces and races -- are excellent in conveying the grittiness of the city and stables. Formerly called I Fought the Law, this 2000 thriller was made before Sutherland's TV exposure in 24 put him back in the spotlight. It will do nothing to diminish his reputation.