Unflinching in brutality and paced like a roller coaster

This police procedural offers little new to the genre, but the acting, production values and ever-fascinating backdrop of South Africa’s Cape Town bring it up to the entirely watchable level.

Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom (not my favorite actor, but he does well here) are mismatched cop buddies tracking down a new drug that’s killing off African youths. It’s fairly unflinching in its brutality and paced like a roller coaster, but it finds time to promote the concept of the necessity of forgiveness. Directed by Jérôme Salle and adapted from a novel by Caryl Férey.

Japanese title: Cape Town. (110 min)