by Joe Barber
A real missed opportunity. Omar Epps delivers a solid lead performance in this badly underwritten story of a talented rookie cop who volunteers for a dangerous undercover assignment. He’s placed inside the operation of a ruthless drug lord nicknamed “God” (a very strong LL Cool J), a charismatic bad guy the cops and Feds have been unable to touch.
As he grows closer to the mobster, Epps finds himself identifying more and more with the gangsta life, endangering his mission and his growing involvement with an artist Nia Long, who sleepwalks through this cliched role).
In Too Deep has some good moments, but too often gets lost in its own posturing, it spends too much time believing its own hype. Too bad it coulda been a contender.