Jonas (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) has become a cop, just like his father, a NYPD police officer, slain many years ago under mysterious circumstances.
Now, Jonas sees himself as a true cop, serving justice left and right…until he’s approached by Joseph Sarcone (Robert De Niro), his father’s former partner, who now leads a group of rogue cops, who have their own kind of justice.
Being the man that he is, it doesn’t take long for Sarcone to persuade Jonas to join the “team”, just like his father did in his time. Soon, Jonas gets enrolled into the dark world of corruption, drugs, betrayal, and learns a little more than he should have.
It seems like Sarcone and his right hand Larue (Forest Whitaker) had something to do with the death of Jonas’ father, and the young cop is determined to find out the truth, even if it means sacrificing his career, friends and those he loves most.
One of the reasons for seeing “Freelancers” was the cast – I admit that 50 Cent is far from being any good at acting, yet Forest Whitaker and Robert De Niro make up for it. Plus, the story promised a good, hard-hitting urban cop thriller, which is always a positive thing.
A lot of people seem to like the idea of bashing Robert De Niro for doing these low-budget dramas and thrillers now year after year, yet in my opinion these accusations are mostly baseless.
The times have changed, De Niro has achieved enough in the film industry to be making movies for the sake of paychecks, or the scripts, it is completely up to him now. There’s no point of proving anything to anyone anymore.
Among all three, Forest Whitaker is the one who stands out the most – the character of Larue gives him enough room and opportunity to be interesting and captivating. The rest of the cast is fairly good, and believable in their parts.
“Freelancers” looked a lot like such films as “The Street Kings” (2008) and “Sinners and Saints” (2010), filled with a lot of drug-related scenes, nudity, violence and bad language.
The story itself is nothing to brag about, it goes into the same direction as many similar films before it, and there are no major bumps (surprises, twists) on the way.
Putting 50 Cent aside, the film really doesn’t add much to Whitaker’s or De Niro’s filmography, yet if you like cop dramas, give it a look. For a $11 million budget film, “Freelancers” gives you enough of both De Niro and Whitaker to be satisfied for one evening.