By Michael Sauter
Updated July 23, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

So this is where formerly ubiquitous brat packer Nelson has ended up — over the top as bad guy Gideon, the murderous leader of a car-theft ring. Wearing huge sideburns, black eyeliner, and billowy pirate shirts, he looks like he belongs in a silent movie. The picture he’s in, however, is the usual noise. In Conflict of Interest, McDonald plays the good guy, a troubled cop whose teenage son has fallen into Gideon’s web. Too bad the more involved this movie gets, the less involved we become. C-