hollywood-homicide-2003-11-gRon Shelton has made some very good movies. His crowning achievement may be 1988’s Bull Durham, a film he wrote and directed. That movie was a wholly realised piece of work, a baseball movie woven together with a great love story and topped off with three great performances from Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Kevin Costner. Bull Durham has the kind of focus that Shelton’s latest film Hollywood Homicide lacks. Is this a buddy picture? An action flick? A comedy? I don’t know, and I don’t think Shelton knows either. Harrison Ford plays a surly blowtop cop named Joe Gavilan partnered with a younger, gentler detective (Josh Hartnett) who teaches yoga on the side and aspires to be an actor. They are investigating the multiple murders of a rap group. It’s typical stuff, Shelton isn’t breaking any new ground here, but it might have worked had there been any chemistry between the two actors. Hollywood Homicide might have been a much better picture if had they been able to replicate the spark that Mel Gibson and Danny Glover shared in the Lethal Weapon series. The bottom line on Hollywood Homicide is that it is neither fish nor fowl. At best it’s a half baked attempt at blurring genre lines that ends up out of focus.