I took it for what it was worth. An entertaining, suspenseful 3 hour popcorn flick. However, there were so many contrived conveniences and coincidences
Waingro slipping away to complete disappearance from Neal's (Deniro) pointed gun after Neal turned his head for 5 seconds.
The Tone Location just happens to know of some ex-cellmate who goes by the same alias (Slick), which happens to match the alias the cops are looking for.
Val Kilmer's character slipping away from the cops like that at the end. Some random white dude pulls up in front of the building, stops, looks up, then says to himself: "Uh oh. Gotta go". Cops stop him out of suspicion and let him go just because his name came back "clean"....as if these high-level/high tech criminals don't have the means to create something as simple as fake identities.
There's plenty more...and spare me the "you have to suspend believe and be imaginative" nonsense.