GenreAction, Crime, Drama CinematographyMark Irwin CountryUnited States
Release date1993 (1993) WriterFrank Sacks, Robert Boris CastLou Diamond Phillips (Jeff Powers), Scott Glenn (Dan Vaughn), Chelsea Field (Kelly Daniels), Yaphet Kotto (Larson), Andrew Divoff (Angel), Stephen Root (Max Alvarez) Similar moviesRelated Mark L Lester movies
TaglineThey're an elite task force. They target high-profile criminals, learn how they work...and shut them down.
Extreme Justice is a 1993 American action-thriller film directed by Mark L. Lester and starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Glenn and Chelsea Field. Originally intended to be released theatrically in April 1993, Trimark Pictures cancels its release due to the 1992 Los Angeles riots and shifted the film to air on HBO on June 26, 1993 as a world premiere.
After an incident where he used questionable police tactics, Jeff Powers (Lou Diamond Phillips) is placed on probation. Upon hearing of his probation, a friend from the force later invites Jeff to join the Special Investigation Section, an elite and highly secretive LAPD unit designed to track and shut down high profile criminals. Jeff discovers that the group is actually a group of rogue cops who actually function like an unofficially sanctioned death squad and are given wide latitude when it comes to dealing with criminals. Although their official mission is to surveil criminals and arrest them in the act of committing a crime, the squad often resorts to brutality and murder to dispatch the subjects they are supposed to arrest.
Jeff questions the purpose of the squad and begins to see them as more of a harm to society than a positive force for justice. When he tries to bring evidence of the squad's abuse of power, he learns that the squad is protected by well-connected and very influential people who already know and condone the squad's methods. Jeff's former teammates in the squad begin to suspect that Jeff has turned on them and decide to take measures to eliminate him before he can expose their activities to the public.