This original Spike TV HD movie about a covert unit of the LAPD resonates with echoes of Rescue Me, The Shield and Natural Born Killers but never quite attains that level of quality.
These "Spike Guy Movies" are to males what Lifetime movies are to the ladies with indiscriminate gunfire replacing teardrops, car chases instead of heartbreak. In these films a guy can slap a dame and not worry about waking up in a burning bed.
With a serviceable script and a fine cast that includes newcomer Matt Nable, Peter Stebbings, Omari Hardwick, Colleen Porch and Keith David, S.I.S. kicks off in a tense standoff with the powerful Domenick Lombardozzi (The Wire) as a crafty master thief staying one step ahead of LA's top cops thanks to a ruthless nature and near-perfect planning.
There's plenty of tire squealing, rapid fire action to be had throughout this psychological thriller, a hinky heist picture with a nifty twist but few original ideas.
The bing-bang-boom conclusion opens up the possibility of a sequel; this movie plays like a backdoor pilot for a series that may as well remain stillborn as these mean streets are paved with too many well-worn TV drama cliches.
S.I.S. airs on Spike TV Sunday night August 24th
at 10:00pm ET/PT.