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Good movie, but best of all time? Hardly . . .
This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
The movie follows three cops in Brooklyn. Sal Procida (Ethan Hawke) is desperate for money for his family and is willing to kill for it. Eddie Dugan (Richard Gere) is a suicidal loner drunk who is about to retire and is assigned to mentor rookies on the beat. Tango Butler (Don Cheadle) is an undercover cop told to bust Caz Phillips (Wesley Snipes) who once saved his life.I really like Gere's performance as the rundown cop. It may be that I find his character the most compelling. It would be perfectly fine to only follow his story. Director Antoine Fuqua has shown his skills in this genre. However Cheadle's character is a bit too cliché and Snipes is channeling from another era. Hawke is also not quite that compelling. He needs more intensity or more pressure. Of the three stories, I like Gere's the most and Cheadle's the least. It all averages out to a middling movie.
Up to now, that's for me the best picture made by this black director. Yes his masterpiece up now. At least not worse than TRAINING DAY written by this Buddy David Ayer, highly specialized himself in rogue cops tales. By the way, it's weird that Ayer was not involved here. I would have bet he did...Yes, it's really a true masterpiece with a top quality editing, acting and story telling. Richard Gere his here at one of his best performances ever, so are Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle.I think that Antoine Fuqua from time to time makes personal movies, instead of pure commercial ones. He worked hard for this one. Perhaps his most personal ever.
Brooklyn's Finest is an appropriately dark and gritty cop thriller that reminds me very much of 2001's Training Day. Maybe it's because Ethan Hawke starred in both or maybe Antoine Fuqua directed both films, or maybe it's because both films deals with the same theme of corrupt cops, old vs. young cops, and the such. But all the same, this film is very intense and features some great acting and some powerful action scenes.Fuqua's film tells the story of three NYPD cops who go about their business in different ways. There is Tango who is an undercover cop in a hard-nosed crime precinct and is looking for a way to use his friend Caz, there is Sal who needs money so he can move his pregnant wife and kids away from their moldy house, and there is Eddie who is a week away from retirement and loves his alcohol.The acting is very intense and effectively carries the film. Ethan Hawke probably delivers the best performance as Sal and we feel sympathy for him even though his motives are not exactly legal. Don Cheadle delivers a strong performance as he usually does. Richard Gere also does a good job even though I connected with his character the least.Overall, this is one intense cop film which has all the intensity of Training Day. Even though the fore-mentioned film is superior, this film still holds it own. Led by strong acting and some good action/police drama, this makes a very effective cop thriller. I rate this film 8/10.
Another 'corrupt cop' thriller, of which there are so many these days. This one's directed by Antoine Fuqua, who made TRAINING DAY with Denzel Washington, so he has some experience in the genre.BROOKLYN'S FINEST, while telling a complex and inventive story, never grabbed me the way it should have done. It may be because the production is just too miserable for its own good. The whole film takes place in darkness and even in the daylight scenes, the faces of the actors are shadowed.The relentlessly downbeat script and frequent moments of harsh violence add to the overall experience, which is depressing. The tropes and themes that all been explored many times previously and, while the film certainly keeps you watching, I didn't come away from it feeling awed or wowed in the same way I did watching STREET KINGS.Still, the acting is strong, especially from Richard Gere who plays a VERY different character from those in his rom-coms. It's a real surprise to see him taking part in scenes involving a prostitute which are a far cry from the glossy fantasy of PRETTY WOMAN. Ethan Hawke, one of the most haggard-looking actors on the planet, fits his hangdog role like a glove, and only the overrated Don Cheadle proves a weak point. Watch out for Wesley Snipes in a decent cameo, though.