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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 9:07 am | Updated: 2:15 pm, Thu Sep 6, 2012.

The good thing about Pay-per-View is that once in awhile you can get a sneak peak of little-known movies that have yet to be released on the big screen. “Freelancers” is one of those, and will be released in theaters on Sept. 13.

The movie features icon Robert De Niro and Forest Whitaker, but the star is little-known actor Curtis Jackson, who starred in “Morning Glory” in 2010, and as rapper 50 cent.

Jackson, who plays the son of a slain NYPD officer, joins the force and falls in with his father’s former partner and a team of rogue “Gotham cops.”

His new boss, Sarcone (De Niro), will see if he has what it takes to be rogue through many trials and tribulations of loyalty, trust and respect. However, when the truth about his father’s death is revealed, revenge takes over and he won’t stop until justice has been truly served.

Here’s what’s good about the film, which is directed by Jessy Terrero. Jackson plays a good character, being a cop conflicted between money, doing good, and getting justice for his father. His conflict keeps you watching the one-hour, 36-minute film.

But, as good as Jackson is, it’s the supporting cast and lagging storyline that drags the film down. Really, how many more movies can De Niro play the gangster character. It’s almost a cliché at this point, and is definitely getting old really fast.

I am also not a huge fan of Forest Whitaker, and believing him as a rogue NYPD officer is hard to grasp.

The bottom line is the movie seems more like a generic band of Denzel Washington’s hit “Training Day,” but with an officer going through a gut check about who he is, where he came from, and whether or not he wants to be a bad guy or a good guy.

“Freelancers” has a lot of competition in September, and will have a limited release in theaters on Sept. 13.

The movie gets 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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