Make no mistake this movie is as bad/trashy/cheesy as it looks, but what makes it worthwhile (from an acting standpoint at least) is the excellent performance by a young Melissa Leo. She elevates the lead role we've seen done forgettably so many times before in this type of story, making you actually feel real emotions and care about what happens to her. Her commitment level is staggering. She outshines all the other actors and steals every scene in which she appears. Yes, you have to endure the silly casting (Dale whatsisnamae as a psycho pimp? HAHAHAHA), hackneyed writing, racist stereotypes, laughable stunts and a ubiquitous 80s soundtrack, but I'm telling you if you look at this film strictly as a study on acting, you'll be quite impressed with Ms. Leo. I'm so happy she stuck with this career and eventually found the recognition she so richly deserves. It's inspiring. To young actors out there who have to find a way to make all the mediocre procedural writing in today's tv landscape believable, take note. This is how you do it.