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Brooklyn's Finest

Action & Adventure movie directed by Antoine Fuqua

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3 1/2 stars: On the streets of Brooklyn everyone has their own agenda

  • Sep 16, 2010


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 Day"(2001) and "Lighting in a Bottle" (Fuqua's most acclaimed film)  were his best works  ever since then it has been touch and go for the talented yet extremely  misguided young director who has a vision of telling the pain and anguish  of people and the dangers  and dark power money can hold over the best of people. Fuqua’s newest and to date his finest work is a searing gritty tale of corruption, greed, power in some strange way redemption. "Brooklyn's Finest" is a dark morbid film that not only boldly takes the occasionally walked path of a police drama but it takes the police drama all the way back to the days of some of cinema's finest crime films. Namely "Serpico"   and "Prince of the City" and while "Brooklyn's Finest" is no "Prince of the city" it is one of the best and most complex crime dramas I have seen  in a long time  and proves that Fuqua maybe have what it takes to play with the big boys.



"Brooklyn's Finest" walks the well-worn path of many cop   and crime dramas that have followed before it namely "Prince of the City"(1981), "Serpico"(1973),"The Departed"(2006), "Mystic River"(2003) and the list goes on. The only thing that sets this interlocking crime drama from others is its intense and sometimes absorbing one on one's between the lead characters and the people around them. The most notable would be Sal Procida (Ethan Hawke) and the interaction between his family and him or the one on ones between Sal and his partner Ronny Rosario (Brain F. O’Byrne). Those individual scenes work better than most of the films most intense confrontations or the grittiest of shootouts or the most profound speech about the line between right and wrong. These scenes between the actors are the heart and soul of this picture the thread that holds the sweater together if theses scenes did not work or faltered even for a second the whole film would crumble and collapse on itself. The main reasons this film is able to succeed in due to the fact that there is a skilled director behind the camera and a cast of  fantastic actors leading  this film along to a smashing and gut wrenching climax that is worthy of this film. Fuqua does not cop out  he keeps on the straight  and twisty path that all dirty cop dramas follow and while this one is nowhere near as good as his earlier effort it certainly is one of his most polished and engrossing films to date albeit not all that compelling. "Brooklyn's Finest" is a taunt, tense and absorbing police drama that takes no punches but does dish out a few of its own,  this is one of the best dirty cop films I have seen in a good  long time.


I have a strong love for police dramas I have been watching them for the better part of 12 years and each one that I have seen has either failed to impress me or  has left a lasting impression on me much  like Martin Scorsese's "The Departed"(2006) did when I first saw it. “The Departed” blew my mind with its daring plot twist and diverse group of flawed character. Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest" is like that. It has flawed people, human people who are trying to find out what they should do or even if they should do it. This film is not perfect and it does not pretend to be.




The actors in “Brooklyn’s Finest" are all in top form   they each deliver a fine diverse group of performances that not only enrich the material but make the film itself more human and more dark. The best performances in the film come from Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Gere the three leads   they are all at the top of there game in this tightly wounded film. Each of them deliver amazing performances that draw the audiences deeper and deeper into the violent world of the police, theses actors may not always be on key  but they never fall short  and each of them help boost this overly standard cop drama above its familiar story and plot. The rest of the cast including Brian F. O’Byrne, Vincent D'Onofrio, Wesley Snipes, Lili Taylor, and Will Patton all deliver fine supporting performances in this gritty crime drama.




For Many this film will come off as too familiar or too standard   for most experienced moviegoers  but for a select few "Brooklyn's Finest" will play-out like a finely tuned police drama that were so popular in the 70's, 80's and early to mid 90's. "Brooklyn's Finest" is not one of the best films of 2010 however; it is one of the most underrated and most engrossing films to come out in the early months of the new decade. While this film may not be the best of its genre it certainly is one of the more entertaining it proves that Fuqua still has what it takes to be a big name director and play with the fat cats and big wigs of Hollywood society.


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September 17, 2010
I liked this one...but I think you may have liked it a little more than me. It was a little formulaic for me, but I liked the direction and the seedy atmosphere. Nice review.
April 02, 2011
Thank you. I was actually surprised by how much I actually liked this film it was much more engrossing than I originally thought it was an excellent Police drama, i t worked well.
September 17, 2010
Yeah this was indeed a good one, didn't make classic status but still was good.
January 23, 2011
It worked despite the flaws in its script and the cliched nature of its story but this in truth is one of the better police dramas to come in theaters in recent years.
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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.

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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