Photo courtesy of MGM/The Kobal Collection/Nicola Goode
Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington
(supporting actor, "Glory"; lead actor, "Training Day") plays
Matt Whitlock, police chief of the small and usually sleepy
south Florida community of Banyan Key.
But Whitlock soon finds himself enmeshed
in a steamy subtropical noir, where the combination of $500,000
in confiscated drug money, marital problems and a potentially
fatal illness lead to several murders and looming career suicide.
It seems the good chief, separated from
his Miami-based police detective wife, has become involved
with the lovely Ann, who also happens to be married. When
Ann faces recurrence of the cancer she thought she'd beaten,
Whitlock naturally wants to help her get an expensive experimental
treatment available only in Switzerland. And that drug money
is just sitting there in the police department safe, so ...
If only Ann had decent health insurance,
the good police chief would not have had to steal that evidentiary
money. OK, she was a deceitful, conniving woman and no Blue
Cross/Blue Shield policy would've changed that. But it might
have made her efforts to double cross Whitlock a bit harder.
Thankfully, most of us don't face the
drastic health-care dilemma that almost brought down Whitlock
before he figured out Ann's underlying scheme. But we've all
had to face doctor bills full of overcharges,
claims our insurance company refused
to pay or, even worse, found ourselves without
any insurance at all.