Brooklyn's Finest details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Jesse Williams, Lili Taylor, Ellen Barkin, Ellen Barkin, Robert John Burke, Sarah Thompson, Wass Stevens|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller|
|Collections:||Cops and Robbers, Super Cool Films, The Big Apple, Top Cops|
|Run time:||2 hours 13 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Oct 2010|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Training Day's Antoine Fuqua returns with another gritty cop drama...
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Back to the streetsBy CaptQuixote (2 reviews) from UK , 18 Jun 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Eddie (Gere) is a jaded cop with a week left to retirement. Sal (Hawke) is a dirty cop who steals confiscated drug money to help his sick wife. Tango (Cheadle) is an undercover cop whos gotten in too deep. If you think youve seen it all before, its probably because you have; and if that puts you off then good luck trying to find a truly original story in a cinema crowded with superheroes, bromances and Sex in the city 2.
The truth is, Brooklyns Finest, feels quite refreshing amongst the other summer releases an authentic and gritty modern Film Noir that owes more to TV shows like The Wire than to the clichéd genre of police corruption dramas that it follows. Director Antoine Fuqua returns to the world of his Oscar winning Training Day, moving the action from LA to the mean streets of New York and following three separate but interlinking stories. Gere, whose bland and pleasant face doesnt really fit the character of a burned-out drunk who pays for sex and never loads his gun, carries the weakest of the three stories - but its Hawkes intense Pacino-esque portrait of desperate Sal and Cheadles exceptional performance as conflicted Tango that drive the film.
Like all the great crime classics of Hollywoods past, everyone in the film is headed on a collision course with their inevitable fates; the slow unfolding of events rendered no less bleak by their predictability. Indeed, what really elevates the film from other solid police dramas is Fuquas masterly control of this dark tone; the constant threat of violence, and the ominous and forbidding shades that colour the atmosphere of the seamy urban corners the characters are backed into. For what seems at first glance to be three unoriginal movies rolled, a little unevenly, into one Brooklyns Finest reveals itself to be an intelligent, striking and serious-minded film that will stay with you long after the credits role.
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Solid entertainmentBy ricoh (137 reviews) from Calne , 28 Jan 2013A good, solid, crime drama/thriller, played out in great style by a top cast. All the stories intertwine, and though it feels like you may have been down this road before, it makes it none the less watchable. Ethan Hawke was outstanding in his role, with all the others a close second.
Watchable movieBy hardworkinggirl (13 reviews) , 27 Oct 2012The plot is a bit slow at the begining and it's difficult to engage with the characters x by the end it becomes a gripping story with the characters intertwining x however this is a shame as I felt that this made it seem like too little too late x
Not too badBy Johnny39 (19 reviews) from Sheffield , 11 Aug 2012It wasn't bad but they tried to hard to make it look like Crash with how they tried to tie everyone together Acting was good I did enjoy it but the ending was a huge let down
Absolutely superb!By Vinnie_gb (6 reviews) from England , 27 Apr 2012Epic!
The twist in this was superb. I loved the way the characters intertwined and how their paths criss-crossed.
This had me on the edge of my seat the entire movie, and i gladly watched it twice over. This one definitely goes into my must have guys movie list.
Don Cheadle's character in this was so so good, but Richard Gere was devastatingly emotive.
A great watch.
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Give these cops a raiseBy Novisiblemarx (40 reviews) from London , 02 Apr 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideWorth seeing by anyone who is a fan of cop movies. Richard Gere is excellent but it's a strong ensemble cast with a believable line in bitter disillusionment. The crossing narrative lines that are neatly tied up at the end could have been distracting but worked beautifully.