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Pride and Glory

1 rating: 3.0
A movie starring Edward Norton and Colin Farrell

   A family of police officers - patriarch, two sons, and a son-in-law - deals with corruption in a precinct in Washington Heights. Four officers die in an ambush at a drug dealer's apartment. It's brother Francis's precinct, so when the investigation … see full wiki

Director: Gavin O'Connor
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 24th 2008
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Pride and Glory

A Decent Attempt at a Crime Drama, but "Pride and Glory" Falls a Little Short

  • Sep 23, 2009
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Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight and Noah Emmerich star in this Departed like crime drama.  While the cast of Pride and Glory is top tier, the rest of the film leaves viewers a touch confused and just a little upset.  Pride and Glory had the opportunity to be a great movie along with The Departed and The Dark Knight (Yes, I'm putting those two films in the same category), but the story ended up being something movie goers had seen before, and instead of being at the top with the previously mentioned films, it ended up feeling more like a rip off.  Pride and Glory's saving grace was the acting performance coming from a fine group of A-list actors.

When an NYPD drug bust goes terribly wrong and four cops are killed in a blood bath, a family of cops must come together to try and figure out exactly what happened on that horrible night.  When Detective Ray Tierney (Norton) heads up the investigation task force along with his brother Francis (Emmerich), CO of the fallen officers, and his brother in-law Jimmy Egan (Farrell), another cop who often teamed with the slain officers, he starts to uncover details that will test his loyalty to his family...and the city he swore to protect.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that Pride and Glory was a bad movie, but it took to many aspects from other films of its nature and tried to utilize them all in one film.  I keep coming back to The Departed because these two films were so much like one another.  Pride and Glory dealt with a family of cops, one of which was working with Latino gangsters.  Obviously it wasn't Latino gangsters in Scorsese's film, but it's the same idea, dirty cops and cover ups.  One thing that Pride and Gory did differently for better or worse from The Departed was focus more on dialogue rather than violence and shoot outs.  Not to say that the violence in either film was misplaced, but I did enjoy that I got to see more acting from guys like Ed Norton and Colin Farrell.

The voice work in Pride and Glory was really well done.  Take Colin Farrell for example; sure he's Irish, but in this case it didn't matter because he was able to play an Irish-American cop from NYC so he pulled off the New York accent perfectly.  Ed Norton and Jon Voight were great as well, but Farrell really stood out.  He was able to play a really believable character, a lifer as a cop and a family man who got in with the wrong people.  Despite that his character was basically the antagonist, I enjoyed watching his story unfold more than anyone else on the screen.  I thought Jon Voight was also especially wonderful in this film.  I've seen him play the same character time and time again in movies, but his role as NYPD XO and father to these officers was a very refreshing change of pace for him.

Pride and Glory in the end is just another crime drama among thousands that is nothing out of the ordinary.  While its superb cast stands out from anything else in the film, that's pretty much all there is.  A great film can't just have a great cast; it needs to have original ideas and something new to blow people away and that is why Pride and Glory falls short.  If you like crime dramas than you won't hate this film, but it will leave you wanting something more.  Pride and Glory is currently on DVD and is also airing on HBO.  3/5!
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