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Brooklyn's Finest

Action & Adventure movie directed by Antoine Fuqua

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Mid-life crisis affects cop and crook alike.

  • Aug 13, 2010
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Brooklyn's Finest is a grim film directed by Antoine Fuqua and stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke as three cops who are suffering through mid-life crises.  Officer Eddie (Richard Gere) is only a few days from retirement,  Detective Sal (Ethan Hawke) is a cop who has a lot on his plate (big family, sick wife and house) and Clarence (Don Cheadle) an undercover cop who's about to betray his best friend Caz (Wesley Snipes) a freely released jailbird who's also at a crossroads in his life, dealing with being back on the streets and waiting to live a life of leisure.  Being a cop in Brooklyn has been hard on the trio and it has taken a toll on their lives (professional and personal).  Will they be able to survive the mean streets or will they become just another casualty.

I enjoyed the movie despite having a few old tired cliches.  Richard Gere's performance as the weathered and mentally beaten cop who has seen too much and has been on the streets far too long.  Life as a beat cop has taken a huge toll on him and has tunred him into a bitter and broken man who has few pleasures in life and is a lonely soul,  Cheadle is good in his role as a conflicted undercover cop and so is Hawke as Detective Sal but their performances can't top Gere.  Snipes co-starring role as an aging gangster is interesting as well because of the complexity of his character.  If you watch the DVD don't forget to check out the alternate ending because it's a lot better than the one they used in the final cut.

A good rental for a slow movie night.
Mid-life crisis affects cop and crook alike. Mid-life crisis affects cop and crook alike. Mid-life crisis affects cop and crook alike. Mid-life crisis affects cop and crook alike.

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Brooklyn's Finest is a 2010 American crime film starring Richard GereDon CheadleEthan Hawke, and Wesley Snipes. It is directed byAntoine Fuqua, and written by Michael C. Martin, a one-time subway flagger from East New York.[2] It was the first film to sell at the 2009Sundance Film Festival, for a sales price of "under 5 million dollars."[3] The film was released in North America on March 5, 2010.

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The film takes place within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of Brooklyn and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects in theNYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three policemen struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and wrong.
The opening scene shows two men sitting in a parked car having a conversation, the man in the drivers seat, Carlo (Vincent D'Onofrio) is then shot unexpectedly in the face by the passenger (revealed to be Sal) who then robs Carlo and runs off.
Detective Salvatore "Sal" Procida (Ethan Hawke), desperate for money to feed and house his rapidly growing family, has started pocketing the money left on the table during drug raids. Deeply religious, he finds that he's in the bad place of trying to reconcile his misdeeds with his needs. The mold ...
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Director: Antoine Fuqua
Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 05, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 2hrs 5min
Studio: Overture Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment
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