Brooklyn's Finest (18)

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Jun 8 2010

Although its pervasive religious imagery suggests that it is reaching for an epic sweep that constantly eludes its grasp, ‘Training Day’ director Antoine Fuqua’s latest cop movie features some impressively acted scenes. The melodramatic screenplay by first-time writer Michael Martin interweaves three parallel stories, painting an intimate portrait of three contrasting cops, whose individual fates eventually converge in one project building late one night.

The long shadow of ‘The Wire’ falls across the scenes set inside the East Brooklyn projects, where undercover cop Clarence Butler (Don Cheadle) is suffering an identity crisis while passing himself off as streetwise ex-con ‘Tango’, right-hand man to drug kingpin Casanova ‘Caz’ Phillips (Wesley Snipes). Self-loathing narcotics cop Sal (Ethan Hawke) is wrestling with his Catholic conscience, considering stealing drug-bust money to make a down payment on the dream house he’s promised his careworn pregnant wife, Angela (Lili Taylor), and their kids. After 22 time-serving years on the street, alcoholic beat cop Eddie Dugan (Richard Gere) is one week away from retirement, but has been forced to babysit a wide-eyed rookie in one of the city’s most dangerous districts.

Made for a modest $17 million, Fuqua’s gritty character study offers a surprisingly intimate portrait of the three doomed cops who have sacrificed much to serve and protect the citizens of the crime-ridden projects and received precious little money or respect in return. Nevertheless, a well-directed cast, which also includes Will Patton and Ellen Barkin – as well as Hassan Iniko Johnson and Michael K Williams, who played Wee-Bay and Omar in ‘The Wire’ – can only breathe so much new life into the hackneyed story elements.
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18

UK release:

Fri Jun 11, 2010

Duration:

133 mins

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kevin the great

having been extremely drunk when watching this i thought gere was wooden and snipes was overacting .this remake of the well loved cop show jake and the fatman was a joke .

kevin the great

having been extremely drunk when watching this i thought gere was wooden and snipes was overacting .this remake of the well loved cop show jake and the fatman was a joke .

critique

The Time Out reviewer has got this one pretty much spot-on. Ok if you are a fan of this genre (which I am) but there`s nothing original here and it is unremittingly depressing with barely a light note in the entire piece.

Paul

Yes The Wire does overshadow this and you get all the cliched set characters; black men/drugs, women/ho and police/flawed heroes. We get to see Michael K. Williams (Omar) again making a career out of being a black gangsta. As dux says it's radge, if you forget identikit films from the hood.

Ric

Was expecting something good from this film but didnt arrive.NOTHING exciting.Plot dragged on. 2* to be realistic

GS

This is an unusual film, but compelling and totally absorbing. Thought provoking and gritty.