Movie Hype
New Releases, Oscar-Winners and Obscure Movies!
Brooklyn's Finest

Action & Adventure movie directed by Antoine Fuqua

< read all 5 reviews

The Story of Three Cops

  • Jul 8, 2010
Rating:
+3
BROOKLYN'S FINEST as written by Michael C. Martin and directed by Antoine Fuqua ('Training Day', 'Shooter') provides an intense study of the live of three Brooklyn policemen and details how they are all on the brink of being burned out by the grisly requirements of their work in one of the most crime infested areas in the country. Richard Gere is Eddie, a veteran cop with seven days to go before retirement who is assigned to a couple of Rookies to be a role model: Eddie's only moments of tranquility come from alcohol and from steady encounters with hooker Chantel (Shannon Kane in one of the film's finest roles). Don Cheadle is Tango, an undercover narcotics division cop assigned to a sting operation driven by the only female detective Ellen Barkin that involves a old friend Caz (Wesley Snipes): Tango is consumed by conflict and is mentally worn thin by his work. Ethan Hawke is Sal, married to diabetic Angela (Lili Taylor), pregnant with twins: Sal has tried everything (even dirty cop tactics and maneuvers) to get enough cash to move his growing beloved family to a better home. These three stories weave simultaneously throughout the film and finally come together in a surprising twist at the end.

The film has the look of the subject of the movie: everything is dark, dirty, infested with vermin and all manner of crime, and intertwined with mean streets. It captures the grit of the story and manages to allow us to understand each of the main characters. There is a point of contention in the writing: a vast portion of the script is written (and subsequently delivered) in street talk so foul that it becomes annoying. Most of the dialogue within the gang scenes is not understandable: turn on the subtitles and the mystery of what is being said is not clarified at all. This may make the film more realistic but it hides the simple ability to communicate verbally in the slang of the streets. There is a considerable amount of unnecessary, sycophantic brutality and violence, but then that is what the film is about. There is some fine acting here, but be prepared for a lot of noise and violence. Grady Harp, July 10

What did you think of this review?

Helpful
0
Thought-Provoking
0
Fun to Read
0
Well-Organized
0
Post a Comment
More Brooklyn's Finest (2010 movie) reviews
review by . July 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A Flawed Yet Commanding And Convincing Police Drama..
For me, Antoine Fuqua is a director who hit one homerun with “Training Day”; afterwards, his movies never did hit the kind of critical acclaim that “Training Day” had achieved. Yep, his movies such as "Tears of the Sun" and “Shooter” never really hit critical acclaim but I cannot deny that at least respected the effort put into them. I have to say that most of Fuqua’s films were never perfect, even some were mediocre but I most of them …
review by . September 16, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Caption
  In my eyes, Antoine Fuqua is a one hit wonder, much like Carl Douglas’ song "Kung-Fu Fighting.” Fuqua's one hit wonder  and his career making film "Training Day" established Fuqua as a possible rising star  amongst directors thanks to in part of his film  being nominated for two academy awards   Denzel Washington won his second Oscar for his over the top portrayal of a mad dog  rogue cop in Fuqua's breakout film. Sadly "Training …
review by . August 13, 2010
Mid-life crisis affects cop and crook alike.
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 …
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Portrays the problems of cops in regards to their psychological state and life issues. Antoine Fuqua's film is quite ambitious but a little predictable at some areas, it missed some needed impact in the narrative. 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
About the reviewer
Grady Harp ()
Ranked #42
Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

You
gradyharp
Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
About this movie

Wiki

Stills from Brooklyn's Finest (Click for larger image)



































































































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.

Plot:
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 ...
view wiki

Details

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 05, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 2hrs 5min
Studio: Overture Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment
First to Review
© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
Movie Hype is part of the Lunch.com Network - Get this on your site
()
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since
reviews
comments
ratings
questions
compliments
lists