This New York street drama provides a likeable vehicle for rocker Jon Bon Jovi, playing a petty thief torn between love and a life of crime. Fresh out of prison, the thief falls for a young immigrant woman (Bai Ling of Red Corner) who's the trophy wife of a Chinese industrialist, and the gawky innocence of their illicit romance contrasts with the gritty activities of the small-time gang led by the thief's brother (William Forsythe). Much of that plotline is an indie ripoff of Mean Streets, as the gang runs afoul of a brutal Asian mob, and the film is hampered by an easy, tearjerking conclusion. But writer-director Sollace Mitchell wrings a certain amount of tension from the thief's dilemma, Ling turns in a refreshingly intelligent performance, and Phil Ramone's angst-ridden sound track is a plus.
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