Picks and Pans Review: Extreme Justice

updated 06/28/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/28/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

HBO (Sat., June 26, 8 p.m. ET)

B-

Imagine Sam Peckinpah directing a Joseph Wambaugh story, and you have this movie about the Special Investigation Section, an elite, covert squad of LAPD detectives that specializes in catching violent repeat felons in the act of committing their crimes. That means the conviction quota is higher, but so is the mortality rate, even for innocent bystanders.

Lou Diamond Phillips heads a B-movie all-star cast that includes Scott Glenn, Yaphet Kotto, Ed Lauter and Chelsea Field. This film was made for theaters but not released because it was held to be potentially inflammatory after the Rodney King imbroglio. That means the stunts and action scenes are more impressive than most TV movies. But the language is saltier and the gunplay excessive.

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