FACE DOWN is an entertaining made-for-cable mystery with vibrant characterizations, flavorful Manhattan backgrounds, and snappy dialogue. On the downside, the gears of its plot grind rather loudly, wasting too much energy trying to mislead the audience.
Ex-cop Bob Signorelli (Joe Mantegna) lost not only his job but the respect of his former partner Lt. Coop (Peter Riegert) when he bungled a robbery/hostage situation. Now working as a private investigator, he similarly annoys his new partner Herb Aames (J.K. Simmons) by falling for beautiful but
schizophrenic Merre Lake (Kelli Maroney). A receptionist for art gallery owner Derek Fry (Adam Ant), she is a suspect i...