Picks and Pans Review: Marked for Murder

updated 01/18/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/18/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Sun., Jan. 17, 9 P.M. ET)

B

Powers Boothe is a hardened convict selected to participate in a radical program that puts criminals to work for urban police departments. The movie is predictable: Of course, Boothe turns into a crime-buster extraordinaire—taking on Jamaican drug posses and the city's biggest gangster, played by Michael Ironside. It is also wildly implausible. ("He's gonna mess up just once," says a cop, "and I'm gonna be there to bag his bones." Excuse me, but didn't we just see Boothe hang a guy off a fifth-floor balcony by his heels? That's acceptable behavior?) But Boothe's flinty presence helps suspend disbelief. And the premise makes for some fun moments before the bullets start flying. Laura Johnson and Billy Dec Williams costar.

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